The ethereal images of waves, clouds, and bodies of water in Murphy’s paintings function both physically and metaphorically to illuminate history through the reflection and passage of time. It is through the refraction and reflection of the light, on and through the glass panels, that elements reveal themselves.
The paintings take reference from Gerhard Richter, Agnes Martin, and Christian Boltanski. What at first seems to be an abstract grid structure, reveals itself as lines of faint text that catch the light as the viewer moves across the paintings. Mirrored surfaces engage the viewer by inserting their own image into the landscape, facilitating personal associations and experiences, just as wandering through the landscape does.
Murphy sees Incarnate as a conduit to think about illumination, suffering, and being human. “It is about clarity,” she says, “the clarity that comes from so much chaos, suffering, and information.” We are charged with pushing through to find our humanity. For Murphy, these works are representative of her search, during times of disarray, for finding clarity in the solace of water and light.
MEGAN MURPHY: Incarnate
Exhibition Dates: January 6 – 30, 2021
PDX CONTEMPORARY ART
925 NW Flanders Street
Portland, OR 97209
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