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Ellie Murphy

2016 Open Studio Fellowship Artist

Little Women

17’ x 9’ x 24’
Polypropylene cord, steel, wood
2016

Artist Statement

I have always wanted to make a semi-permanent outdoor sculpture with a very large hanging fiber element or fringe. So I designed a model based on this simple idea for the Franconia Sculpture Park 20th Anniversary Fellowship. In reference to Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel Little Women, I have chosen each color to represent one of the four March sisters, the “little women” of the book’s title. Meg the oldest is a redhead (orange cord), Jo the next is a tomboy represented by blue, Beth is an ombre mix of browns because she is a shy homebody, and Amy the youngest has vibrant yellow blond hair. These women, however, are so big that the viewer can enjoy walking through their hair-curtain-tentacle-fringe while the wind makes the fiber seem like waves, leaves or tall grass blowing. I invite park visitors to move through, touch and enjoy the sculpture (please style or detangle) but not to hang or climb on it.


Ellie Murphy


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Born:  Urbana, IL, 1964
Resides: Queens, NY

Education
• MFA, Sculpture, Yale University School of Art, 1992
• BFA, Sculpture, Washington University St. Louis, 1987

Selected Exhibitions
• KEEP OUT, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY, 2015
• PAPER JAM: Exploring Visual Strategies for Social Concern, Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY, 2015
• To be a Lady: forty-five women in the arts, Organized by Norte Maar, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, 2012.

Selected Awards
• Greenwall Foundation Grant, 2005
• Susan Weadon Award, Yale University School of Art, 1992

Selected Collections
• Foundations Center Collection, New York, NY
• Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Minneapolis, MN

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