is an Artist, Lecturer, and Independent Curator based in Chicago with frequent visits to NYC, Cleveland, and Miami.
Murphy’s studio currently operates like a movie set & archive of consumer objects. Murphy works to revise the exclusionary historical landscape of science and exploration. Her/Their performance and lens-based work encompasses the nature of spectacle – using location, props and costumes. Spectacle is counter-balanced with humor & criticality through material choices and expressions of futility. Murphy’s work and research is deeply informed by corporate and political gesture. With a background as a photographer for NASA (2004-2015), Murphy employs lens-based, digital, and PR methods from first-hand experiences within the American Space Program.
Murphy earned a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a New Artist’s Society Fellow (2017) and a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Murphy has participated in several artist’s residencies including: Mana Contemporary Miami, SITELAB at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Elsewhere (Greensboro, NC). Murphy’s interdisciplinary work has been exhibited in NYC, Paris, Switzerland, Guatemala City, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, Cleveland and throughout the Midwest. Murphy co-curates the art and culture publication MAKE8ELIEVE with Cetusss (Swiss Artist + Designer).