Bri Murphy

Bri Murphy

Artist
Profile Location
Athens , OH
Biography

Bri Murphy grew up in the green mountains of Vermont, where she began her career as an artist selling her drawings to her mom for 25¢ a piece. She attended the State University of New York at New Paltz where she earned Bachelor’s degrees in Ceramics, Art Education, and a minor in Art History. After graduating in May 2013, she moved to Lincoln to be an artist-in-residence at the LUX Center for the Arts. Upon completing her year-long residency, Bri continued her involvement at the LUX working in Education.  She proudly accepted her full-time role as gallery director in January of 2015.  Bri says, “Since moving to Lincoln, I have been awed by the support the community gives to the arts, and I am proud to have the opportunity to be a part of and contribute to a place not only holds such ideals, but puts them into action.”

Bri is currently pursueing her graduate degree in Ohio.

Artist Statement

My work is a result of interdisciplinary material exploration grounded in extensive historical, anthropological, and sociological research. A deep appreciation for craft is paralleled by an intrinsic desire for tinkering, a tenuous relationship that in a digital world offers vast opportunities for commentary on contemporary social, political, and cultural circumstances. The democratization of technology through open-sourcing, made possible by the growing pervasiveness of the internet, produces a vast range of applications that challenge notions of freedom and accessibility. For example, file sharing and the use of 3D printers have enabled the creation of affordable prosthetics for children in developing countries. The same combination of resources has also been the harbinger of 3D printed guns. In short, the effects of the accessibility of these technologies are yet to be fully realized. 

As a maker, I am motivated by this spectrum of possibility, which offers a potent metaphor in our contemporary moment. The freedom of the internet, which in spirit is democratic, is also a site where Fake News, vitriol, and uninhibited bigotry abound. Are these qualities now as “American as apple pie?” The contradictions inherent in the very nature of the digital age parallel the conundrum of American democracy, which began as a far from equal enterprise. I use my work to hold the tensions of the present up to the idealized past, specifically the era of the Founding Fathers, in an attempt to reclaim the virtues written into historical documents and imbued within cultural iconography. In their original forms, such texts and symbols make harmful assumptions about identity which only perpetuates the privilege of certain people. Through both digital and analog manipulation, as well as the mediation of machines such as 3D printers, my work endeavors to interpolate existing and well-known national iconography to expose the fault lines of the American myth.

Medium
Ceramics
 
 

Purchase Art by this Artist

Blue Vase

$300.00
Ceramics
Bri Murphy

Indigo Vase

$300.00
Ceramics
Bri Murphy

Lady Liberty

$50.00
Ceramics
Bri Murphy

Tiny Dreams

$20.00
Ceramics
Bri Murphy

Unfounded: Washington

$4,000.00
Ceramics
Bri Murphy

Unfounded: Jefferson

$3,500.00
Ceramics
Bri Murphy

Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Jessica Brandl
Bri Murphy
Multiple Mediums
Eddie Dominguez
Margaret Bohls
Sara E.B. Henry
Luke Huling
Bri Murphy
Jason Piccoli
Stuart Gair
May
05
5/5/17 to 6/30/17
Ceramics
Bri Murphy
Sep
04
9/4/20 to 9/25/20
Multiple Mediums

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