Bri Murphy

Bri Murphy

Profile Location
Green Mountain , VT

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.”

Artist Statement

I was lucky enough to have epilepsy as a kid. It gave me an archive of medical files that have served as a visual and conceptual basis for exploration and experimentation. Specifically, my work draws on a foundation of medical science, technology, and a personal history with disease and disorder to address contemporary issues such as the stigmatization of mental health, the ethical implications of technology and the body, and concepts of identity. These themes are communicated with familiar imagery across a variety of media, from porcelain anatomical models and lithophanes to actual medical instruments to documenting the consumption of prescription drugs.
Through the use of medical imaging software, I engineer 3D models of organs which become the centerpieces for my sculpture and video explorations. These slipcast objects are made with porcelain, a precious material that generates a provocative dichotomy of permanence and fragility. Working with this kind of technology allows me to access a realm that converges our external world with our internal selves in both a physiological and psychological sense. The exposure of these interior forms evoke a feeling of vulnerability that is particularly compelling me. The tension between intimacy and invasiveness is one that we all experience as human beings both emotionally – through relationships, interpersonal encounters, and within the nuances of our own psyches – and physically – through affectionate touch, illness and disease, and the ultimate ephemeral nature of our bodies. Within my conceptual process, I present not one of these ideas but an open-ended experience that offers the opportunity for introspection while I attempt to connect to my viewers in ways that define us as both individual and universally human.


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
5/5/17 to 6/30/17

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