by Jennifer Murray
Charcoal, pencil, and stitching on paper, framed
8″ x 6″
Art By Jennifer Murray
Murray graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, College of Fine Arts with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and an additional Major in Social and Cultural History. Since that time Murray, now based in New York City, has had her works exhibited throughout Chelsea, Soho and Brooklyn in various group shows highlighting her skills in drawing and in promoting social and cultural issues.
Jennifer Murray is represented by Porter Contemporary in New York City.
In my work I try to entice the viewer by referring to the subconscious. I displace people, animals and objects in scenarios that suggest a familiar unreality or a dreamy montage. In each piece, I strive to identify and exploit the tension that comes from placing images in unfamiliar territory. Each is not only a reflection of me and my personal emotions, but also of feelings common to all people. Their creation performs a sort of exorcism for me in which the viewer can also participate.
I opt ultimately to not define the intent and meaning of works of art. People naturally identify and categorize images into knowns and unknowns, defined and indefinite- they do not need my help for this. The viewing of a work of art should be a mental exercise for us- in some way a personal journey of reflection. The personal meaning and reaction to it reflects our relationship to an art work.
In keeping with the ambiguity of purpose that is so critical to my values as an artist I employ a metaphorical language to communicate personal experiences, struggles, desires, and dreams. I place people, animals and objects into folkloric, fable-ish compositions that are abstract and obsessive. Through association, I create character personalities whose interaction in my scenarios helps us accept the displacement of their images, and therefore, the idea of the piece. I like to use powerful and threatening images- many of which are underscored with meaning in contemporary social, political, and cultural reality. When the image, item or action is removed from its literal, social, or cultural meaning, it enters the symbolic meaning, and our interpretation of that meaning is a reflection of our personal experience. I believe that with the exploration of this tension comes experience, and, ultimately, revelation, not just for myself, but for the viewer also.