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1994-2004

Sue Murray

FRESH WORK: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ALUMNI EXHIBITION, 1994 – 2004

1994-2004

Sue Murray

FRESH WORK: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ALUMNI EXHIBITION, 1994 – 2004

Vanessa AlburyA. Bills-LeviGayle BrookerLisa ChouMargaret ClarkeT. DavidsonSteven DavisJohn DuckworthMeghan HenleyKrist MillsSue MurrayDorothy NetherlandsRachel O’NealLarissa PatelLynn PattersonMatt SmithsonJonathan Walsh

To create an exhibit drawn from works by Studio Art graduates may seem to be a daunting task; faced with so many choices, the result could become merely arbitrary or too disparate to cohere as an exhibition. But in fact, my experience was quite the contrary. All artists have at least one thing in common—they all have influences. And for all of these artists, one of their most influential experiences was the time they spent as Studio Art students at the College of Charleston.

In this exhibit, I see the influences as well as the individual accomplishments of artists who studied here at the College. Whether faintly or pronounced, the impressions of their Studio Art professors resonate in these works. The goal, however, of myself and Dr. Marian Mazzone was to choose a select group of Studio Art alumni whose works have continued to develop, becoming their own unique creations and contributions. By limiting the selection to Studio Art graduates of the past ten years, we were able to look at the work of artists who are still developing their sense of “self” in the art world, while also still having some identity with the College.

I grew up in Atlanta and moved to Charleston in 1993 to attend the College of Charleston. I received B.A. degrees in English, Art History, and Studio Art in 1998. After graduation, I went traveling for five months camping my way across the US– which later inspired me to relocate to the west coast. I have worked for various creative and art organizations since graduating: as the Administrative Assistant for the Studio Art Department at the College of Charleston, as a Security Guard for the Seattle Art Museum, as an administrator at a non-profit organization for artists with disabilities, VSA arts of Washington, and most recently at a school for highly capable and talented children, Seattle Country Day School. Since moving to Seattle, I have been involved in three collaborative art exhibits with my security guard cohorts known as Live Nude Goats, and most recently participated in a mural project for the City of Seattle at the University of Washington.

Sue Murray

FRESH WORK: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ALUMNI EXHIBITION, 1994 – 2004

1994-2004
ARTIST STATEMENT

“To make a lasting alteration, change must take place on three levels: the conscious, the subconscious, and the cellular.” Barbara Ganim and Susan Fox.

I moved four years ago to the west coast. I came to a place where nature is a powerful force˜it is everywhere you turn. Old growth forests, waterways, enclosures of mountain ranges to the east and the west˜no mater where I look, I am surrounded. The wet, dark winters force me inside to hibernate but they give me the unusual opportunity to have long stretches of time for self-reflection. During my first long winter, I found myself in a state of internal reveling– questioning many of the belief systems that had brought me here. I realized they no longer supported me and the life I wanted to fulfill. So I started peeling away the layers˜all the ideas of what I thought I was supposed to be, what I was supposed to do, where I was supposed to go. I began visual journaling every day. I felt like a child again˜curious, open, without fear of making mistakes. It has been four years, and every day I sit down and make something– without plans, without boundaries, without thoughts of whether what I am doing is good, or bad, or just plain odd. My creative process has become my meditative practice of deep listening. And my art work has changed dramatically–from the formalized practice of trying to produce something acceptable, clean and recognizable to an exploration of Inner and Outer space˜the place where boundaries dissolve leaving room for compassion, non-judgment, vulnerability and change. These creatures of mine are simply intimate imprints of myself. The images themselves hold no meaning. They just are. The process of making art is what allows me to walk through conflict and embrace the changes that are constantly flowing. It is my nature walk.

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