Thursday, September 17, 2009

Artist Statement

Laura Murphy For over ten years Laura has been consciously creating, professionally exhibiting and selling her work in California, Arizona, and Oklahoma. She has experience in collaborative work with adults, children, and with outdoor and indoor murals. Her artistic goals include creating beauty while being of service, sharing ideas and inspiration, facilitating a safe studio for healing and growth, and participating in creative communities. Laura has shown her work at:

SOBO Gallery, Tulsa Oklahoma, 1999
Shoestring Gallery. Prescott, Arizona, 2001
Gold Award Recipient, Tulsa Community College, 2002
Art show curator and participant, Living Arts of Tulsa 2004
Brainwash, San Francisco, California, 2006
Sabor Y Cultura, Los Angles, California, 2008
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Los Angles, California, 2009
Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic Silent Auction Benefit
Day Dream Republic, Los Angeles, California, 2009
Psychobabble, Los Angeles, California, 2010

Laura’s work is generally abstract and often expresses sacred geometry, figurative studies and interpretations of human anatomy, relationships, animal symbols, prayers and positive affirmations. Through these expressions she sets intentions for her life and the world. Working from a mixed media approach, incorporating collage and found objects, three dimensional designs, painting and more allows her the creative space she needs to convey messages of world peace, appreciation of Mother Nature, discovery of authenticity and self worth, idealism and spirituality.

Monday, September 14, 2009

"Divine Paradox"

My very newest piece, finished last night, 9/13/09 is a mobile made of found objects from Nature in my neighborhood and Griffith Park. I have incorporated seed pods painted with affirmations written on them and the Smudge Sticks are a bundled variety of sage plants from Ojai, CA.

"A Visit By An Ancient One"

This is one of my newest pieces, finished 9/1/09. It is an image of an ancient Hindu God called Ganesha. Ganesha is known as the God of fire, success, knowledge, wealth, wisdom, and as the destroyer of obstacles, all evils, vanity, selfishness. He shines the light and forges the way on the eternal path for humanity.
I am honored he came through the creative ether's to be in this painting, as I did not plan to paint him. I am reminded again and again that as the artist I am a channel for a creative entity to birth through. It is a humbling and beautiful experience in which I am very grateful to participate in.
I knew very little, and still do, about Ganesha but what I have learned affirms that I am on my journey moving through obstacles of all kinds, trying to be humble, to open up to learning new things, to give and receive compassion, and to invite success into my life. When I am ready to learn, to move to the next level, the teachers I need always appear. Thank you Ganesha for appearing in my art.
"How joyful to look upon the Awakened and to keep company with the wise.
Follow the shining ones, the wise, the awakened, the loving, for they know how to work and forbear. But if you cannot find friend or master to go with you, travel on a king who has given away his Kingdom, like an elephant in the forest."
From the Dhammapada
Sayings of the Buddha