Featured Member: Deirdre Murphy

 

Deirdre Murphy with guests at the opening reception for Murmurations.

Deirdre Murphy with guests at the opening reception for Murmurations.

InLiquid member Deirdre Murphy’s Murmurations will be showing at the Painted Bride Art Center Café Gallery until October 20, with a reception on October 4 from 5 pm until 7 pm. Her work will also be showing during Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, from October 5-6.

As an artist that deals so heavily with living, natural subjects, you must spend a lot of time outside – do you enjoy the outdoors?

I am an avid gardener, growing our own organic veggies and have two young children so being outdoors is a important part of my daily life.

What are the frustrations of working with such randomness and unpredictability?

The fleeting quality of capturing a swarm’s shape is illusive. The moment you try and hold onto an image it is gone. A wonderful metaphor for the sweet, fleeting quality of our lives on this earth-so yes, it is frustrating. I envy photographers and videographers and also musicians for their ability to record movement. My job as a painter is to respond to movement in a silent, still moment.

Have you found similar patterns in other forms of life?/Are there animals that you believe would be equally as fascinating to observe?

Bees, super novas, cancer cell formations. Choas exists all around us. Our job as artists is to distill chaos and find the patterns, find the order.

Photo by Karen Mauch Photography

Photo by Karen Mauch Photography

In your Artist Biography, you refer to “the push and the pull within” – do you believe it’s the same force of randomness that can dictate human actions?

I do believe that there is randomness in all life and that our actions do affect others and our envirionment.

In Murmurations, you use a lot of color as a backdrop, but also in the foreground, almost intertwined with the birds. What does that indicate?

The pure color shapes are a formal painting conversation where I am referring to the parent colors within each of the more complex, subtle color mixtures. The kite shapes are color windows. I am also referring to a bird’s ability to see vast amounts of color compared to human eyes. For our one red, a bird sees about 50 shades of red. Avian vision is vastly more accurate than humans.

Nancy Kress is an InLiquid artist member.
Nancy Kress
Nancy Kress

Nancy Kress is an InLiquid artist member.…

Nancy Kress is an InLiquid artist member.…

Nancy Kress is an InLiquid artist member.…

Diane Marimow  is a Philadelphia ceramic artist. Diane's dynamic, abstract totems and wall sculptures are inspired by the movement of marine life.
Diane Marimow
Diane Marimow

Diane Marimow is a Philadelphia ceramic artist. Diane's dynamic, abstract totems and wall sculptures are inspired by the…

Diane Marimow is a Philadelphia ceramic artist. Diane's dynamic, abstract totems and wall sculptures are inspired by the movement of marine life.…

Diane Marimow is a Philadelphia ceramic artist. Diane's dynamic, abstract totems and wall sculptures are inspired by the movement of marine life.…

Justin Snow is an InLiquid artist
Justin Snow
Justin Snow

Justin Snow is an InLiquid artist…

Justin Snow is an InLiquid artist…

Justin Snow is an InLiquid artist…

Cathleen Cohen is a Philadelphia artist and poet who creates works on paper using watercolor or aqueous media. Her topics range from abstract expressionism to figurative paintings to portraits.
Cathleen Cohen
Cathleen Cohen

Cathleen Cohen is a Philadelphia artist and poet who creates works on paper using watercolor or aqueous media. Her topics…

Cathleen Cohen is a Philadelphia artist and poet who creates works on paper using watercolor or aqueous media. Her topics range from abstract expressionism to figurative paintings to portraits.…

Cathleen Cohen is a Philadelphia artist and poet who creates works on paper using watercolor or aqueous media. Her topics range from abstract expressionism to figurative paintings to portraits.…

Whether you call him, Artist, Artisan, or Sculptor, Carving, in Wood, Marble and Ice, is Roger Wing's thing. Wing is comfortable with a Chainsaw for bigger stuff but prefers using hand tools like Chisels and Gouges. Wing's Larger than Life Woodcarvings adorn his Powelton village front porch, City Parks and Private Residences. His work has been seen at Ice Competitions around the world, Stone repairs on Historic Buildings and in Film.
Roger Wing
Roger Wing

Whether you call him, Artist, Artisan, or Sculptor, Carving, in Wood, Marble and Ice, is Roger Wing's thing. Wing is comfortable…

Whether you call him, Artist, Artisan, or Sculptor, Carving, in Wood, Marble and Ice, is Roger Wing's thing. Wing is comfortable with a Chainsaw for bigger stuff but prefers using hand tools like Chisels…

Whether you call him, Artist, Artisan, or Sculptor, Carving, in Wood, Marble and Ice, is Roger Wing's thing. Wing is comfortable with a Chainsaw for bigger stuff but prefers using hand tools like Chisels and Gouges. Wing's…

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