Brenna K. Murphy

Mixed Media/Photography

Home is Where the Hair Is

 

Beautiful Homes

 

Site Specific

 

Expect the Worst

 

Archived Work

 


Contact Information

e-mail:bkm@brennakmurphy.com
www.brennakmurphy.com
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Statement

Working primarily with my own hair, I create works on paper and photographs as well as site-specific installations. The product of a nomadic upbringing, moving eight times and living in six states by the age of eighteen, I am interested in the relationship between the ideal of Home and the body. My work explores the possibility that the body can be a surrogate Home for those that don’t have one as is traditionally defined in our culture, while also acknowledging the temporality of both the body and our collective cultural notion of Home.

Education

2004
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
BFA, Studio Art with a Concentration in Photography
Graduated with Highest Honors and Distinction

Selected Professional Experience

2009 – 2011
Fellow, Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ Career Development Program, Philadelphia, PA

2005 – 2007
Photography Instructor, Project Basho, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Honors and Awards

2011
2011 West Prize Short List, The West Collection, Oaks, PA

2010
Fleisher Art Memorial Wind Challenge Award, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Second Prize – Photography, Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2007 Juried Exhibition, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

Collections

2010
The West Collection, Oaks, PA

2007
Private Collection of Eileen Tognini, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Henry-Copeland Art Collection of the Carolina Union, Chapel Hill, NC

 

 

Selected Exhibitions

2011
Home Imagined, Inliquid at the Bride, Painted Bride Art Center Cafe Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

DesignLab: Sarah Van Aken + Brenna K. Murphy, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Vestiges, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition-Between the Studio and Facebook, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

POST Artist Installations at the Philadelphia Live Arts/Fringe Festival, Festival Box Office, Philadelphia, PA

Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2010, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

I Cannot Get You Out of My Mind, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Hiro Sakaguchi

Challenge 3, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

Home: Reflections and Projections, Mt. Airy Contemporary Artists Space, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Family Ties, Fox Art Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

About to Surface, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists,
Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Julien Robson

CFEVA Exchange, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

Introduction ’09, CFEVA at The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Live With It, CFEVA at Photo West Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Heroes, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC

Adaptation: Celebrating Growth and Change, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Brooke Hine

New Faces to City Hall: Emerging Philadelphia Area Artists, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

2007
POST: Philadelphia Open Studios Tour Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Eileen Tognini

Gallery in the Garden, Orwigsburg, PA
Curator: Eileen Tognini

Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2007, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

Hairdos That Solve Problems, The Hall, Inliquid at the Crane Arts Building,
Philadelphia, PA

2005
Beijing International Artist Camp Open Exhibit, Beijing International Art Camp, Beijing, China

2004
‘Home is Where the Hair Is’ and Other Works, Frank Porter Graham Student Union Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

LOOM 3 Labeler, Chatham Label Mill, Pittsboro, NC

Home, Body, John and June Allcot Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC

2002
LOOM 2, Chatham Label Mill, Pittsboro, NC

 

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