Beauty and Perception by Michelle Marie Murphy Aug 2- Aug 31

"Lip gloss, applied"  2013

“Lip gloss, applied” 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, Aug 2nd, 6-9pm

Waterloo Arts Gallery presents Michelle Marie Murphy’s solo exhibition, Beauty & Perception. The exhibit is an investigation of beauty products and their intended purpose, debuting the first comprehensive overview of her photographic series, Perceptual Beauty. Through scientific observation and formal interpretations in her studio, Murphy playfully uses these products as a subject and as an art material (deliberately challenging their common uses to conceal or acce…ntuate the female body). Inspired by abstract painting, scientific imaging, and Third Wave Feminism, she produces macro close-up photographs of beauty “tools”
Don’t miss the Happy Hour Art Talk with Michelle Marie Murphy on August 8th, 5:30-6:30pm. Swing by on your way home and relax with a glass of wine or a micro brew and join in a lively discussion of Beauty, Feminism, and Michelle’s work.
Murphy received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography with a minor in Digital Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2004. Her artwork has been published and exhibited Internationally, including exhibitions in Geneva Switzerland, Guatemala City, Chicago, and San Francisco. She is a Professional Photographer at the NASA Glenn Research Center, Faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and co-curator of the art and culture online magazine MAKE8ELIEVE.
In 2012-2013 her work was featured in DISCOVER Magazine, Buzzfeed, Art & Science Journal, DivineCaroline, SFMOMA Tumblr, NATIVE Publications, Maybelline NY Tumblr, Newsweek and the Daily Beast – Picture Dept Tumblr, 20×200, Popular Photography magazine, and the Drawing Center Viewing Program.
Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat, 11am-10pm, Sun 3-10pm