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Loss and Found

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Jennifer Murphy

Collage artist Jennifer Murphy’s most recent project, The Shadow of Sirus, seeks to connect elements in our natural world in surrealistic ways. She describes the project as “wedding the specimens of the naturalist with the visions of the fantasist.” The artist explained her process:

“I collect used books and cut out the photographic images to make the collages. There is a quality of chance in the work related to finding the used books and also an acknowledgment to using recycled materials. They are sewn together and are not on a ground like a canvas. I float them away from the gallery wall wills pins to show their materiality and fragility. This also makes them more like sculptural collage. I also do work with actual objects from nature in other works.

“Although I have worked in collage since I was a child, I really began to explore large-scale, sculptural collage after the death of a dear friend and close collaborator ten years ago. This series comes at another time of loss, both personal and I believe collective. We now live in a time of ecological mourning and are in desperate need for paths to rediscover hope.”

– Jennifer Murphy

I definitely get her sense of mourning and loss in her pieces, but I also find them hopeful and peaceful to look upon.

You can check out all of Jennifer Murphy’s art on her website.

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

15 thoughts on “Loss and Found

  1. Interesting and time consuming.both for her collecting and our looking to discover.

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  2. WOW — this is rare. I would have ANY one of them in my house. Donna hit a home run this time 🙂 I took a long time trying to decide if all of them were 2D or 3D. The birds/fish are not real etc. But it makes no difference and I stand by my choice to have any one of them in my home. Hal

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  3. These are spectacular. Such an innovative approach to collage.

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  4. Very special way to create collages, Donna. I do really like them 🙂

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  5. Oh, these are just fabulous!

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  6. Hi Donna, thank you for this. I just want to clarify my process. I collect used books and cut out the photographic images to make the collages. There is a quality of chance in the work related to finding the used books and also an acknowledgment to using recycled materials. They are sewn together and are not on a ground like a canvas. I float them away from the gallery wall wills pins to show their materiality and fragility. This also makes them more like sculptural collage. I also do work with actual objects from nature in other works.

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    • How fascinating! I love your process. I’ve never heard of anything like it. I’m sorry that I missed that you used images from old books, but honestly, that’s even cooler!

      Thank you so much for the visit and the clarification!

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