Solo Exhibition: Beauty and Perception
This solo exhibition will feature the work of Michelle Murphy. Working in a contemporary culture where the attainment of beauty is paramount and science strives to engineer the ultimate look, Murphy's photography and video explore opposing positions in the relationship between consumption and rebellion of these ideals. Inspired by op art, scientific imaging, and third- wave feminism, Murphy produces macro close-ups of the adorned, treated body and beauty "tools". Through her processes of scientific observation and interpretation, she playfully uses beauty products as art materials going against their intended purpose to conceal or accentuate parts of the body.