Shadowscape, from the series Perceptual Beauty

by Michelle Marie Murphy

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Artist Statement

This series of photographs and videos titled Perceptual Beauty (2011-ongoing), explores the motivations and intentions associated with the use of beauty products. Through scientific observation and formal interpretations in my studio, I playfully use these consumer products as both subject and art material (deliberately going against their intended purpose to conceal or accentuate the female body). In addition to the abstract images and optical patterns of make-up, my work shifts the current cultural vernacular by visualizing close-up views of sticky/exploded/distressed make-up and by representing diversity in gender, race, and pop-culture contexts. I have been inspired by Op Art abstract painting, contemporary advertising, scientific imaging and Third Wave Feminism to produce macro close-up photographs of the adorned, treated body and beauty "tools".

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+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
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Innova Fibaprint Warm Cotton Gloss

Michelle Marie Murphy

Michelle Marie Murphy creates photography and video art about beauty tools. Murphy received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography with a minor in Digital Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2004. Her artwork has been published and exhibited Internationally, including exhibitions in New York, Geneva Switzerland, Guatemala City, Chicago, and San Francisco. She is a Professional Photographer at the NASA Glenn Research Center, Director of Micro Art Space (a new short-term artist residency program in Cleveland, Ohio), and co-curator of the art & culture online magazine MAKE8ELIEVE. Her work was featured in DISCOVER Magazine, Buzzfeed, Art &... Read More
Science Journal, DivineCaroline, SFMOMA Tumblr, NATIVE Publications, Maybelline NY Tumblr, Newsweek and the Daily Beast – Picture Dept Tumblr, Popular Photography magazine, and the Drawing Center Viewing Program. Murphy’s work has been acquired in private collections internationally as well as the Progressive Art Collection.
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