Lisa Grand Murphy
For Our Peter
block print on found paper
12.5 ” x 9″
“I am a visual storyteller. Narratives connect and frame my work. My art is social, topical, and often connected to family. ‘For Our Peter’ is a block ink print on found paper; one print in a larger series exploring hands and the storytelling opportunities found in the art of henna.
The hand print belongs to an elderly aunt, who lives on a stretch of rugged coastline in Massachusetts. A feisty mother of six, fluent in both French and English, an avid bird watcher, a maker of chicken pot pies; all of her stories are woven into the artwork. At the time I was creating this print, my son was making a solo trip through Europe. ‘For Our Peter’ channels the wisdom of experience and perspective; it tells the story of holding on, while letting go.
I am a working artist, practicing and teaching in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Primarily a printmaker and photographer, I teach art classes and workshops in local schools, at the Strathmore Museum of Art, Glen Echo Park Arts Center, and Fox Hill Senior Center, as well as in my home art studio.
In 2017, I hope to use my art to respond to the current social and political shifts in our nation, and in our nation’s capitol. I am currently working on a series of prints, ‘A Family of Saints’ for an upcoming exhibition.”
“I think this is a very compelling piece, I think there’s such an interesting story at hand. The opaqueness of the blue ink that’s used to articulate the form of the hand shows so much detail, and I love that you have the color of the envelope coming up from beneath it to be the highlight, I think that’s a really strategic use of your materials. I also love how much detail you put into this drawing. Within the hand, there’s such specific marks that clearly took a lot of time, and themselves tell a story.
I would love to see you incorporate even more of the envelope into this drawing, if there was additional context for the hand I think it could really help tell your story. I’m also fascinated by the use of the envelope as a form, and how possibly filling out all the additional sides of the envelope, and running the drawing off the sides of the envelope, could continue to articulate a story. Great job!