The figure is a consistent source of inspiration for me.  Figurative work especially allows for the possibility of empathy, recalling each viewer to the unifying experience of being human.  Through representing women, I explore ideas of identity, loss and reclamation, motherhood, loneliness, and isolation. These stories and ideas often come from my own experiences.  My work considers the female psyche and the different parts of self that contribute to it. I assert that these women, in their honesty and struggle, are connecting to their personal power and growth.

 

Representation and abstraction both play an integral role in my work and I enjoy the push and pull of gestural energy coupled with slow precision.  I make medium to large format figurative paintings that stem from my close relationships. Personal photos of myself, friends, or family members are generally the reference images that I use for my work, which ground it in specific history while still alluding to greater archetypes.  I also make prints that address the spaces that women exist in, whether or not by their own choice.  Creating figure-driven work that engages the viewer and invites a deeper look inward to experiential truths which are already present in one’s self is what I hope for as an artist.

© 2020 Katie Thompson Murphy