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Artist Opening Reception: Angelena Anttila & Jessie Miller Murphy
February 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Come join us in the Paquette Gallery at the SteamPlant for the opening show of works from artists, Angelena Anttila and Jessie Miller Murphy. Admission is free. Complimentary beverages and snacks served.
Angelena Anttila–Artist Statement
All of the women on my mother’s side of the family have been taught to read tarot cards therefore I am continuing this family tradition by recreating the tarot card theme within my interdisciplinary artwork. Tarot cards are 78 cards comprised of the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana with origins possibly dating back to ancient Egypt. They were carried by Gypsies and emerged during the Renaissance with their uses continuing to the present day as ways of analyzing character, foreseeing futures, finding solutions to obstacles and reading the past.
My rendition of the cards appropriates symbols from the Rider Tarot Card Deck while incorporating my own style and utilizing human skulls to represent the remains of my ancestors. I use mediums that, although resilient, alter with age to reflect the time that has passed just as family traditions vary from generation to generation; ink fades, paper withers, metal tarnishes, and paint loses its color. I balance the fine line of decay both in medium and subject matter to emphasize that nothing is ever truly permanent.
In my recent works, I challenge society’s impression of the human body by transcending the flesh and using bones as the gateway to exploring ideas around body image and human emotion. I bring a lighthearted approach to my discussion of the human form with my Asana series, which depicts skeletons in traditional yoga poses. The use of skeletons strips away the confines of age, gender, race, ethnicity, and physical appearance and allows the viewer’s interpretation to go beyond skin deep.
Jessie Miller Murphy–Artist Statement
I create art within a magickal realm of possibility, channeling the energies of elements to express universal love, mystery and human connection. I construct images of female empowerment, mysticism, sorcery and alternate realities by combining my own unique lexicon with iconic symbols. I enjoy blending mediums including photography, printmaking and painting. My practice of creation includes sound healing, shamanic ceremony, pagan and wiccan rituals and poetry. I am a seamstress sent to mend the disconnect felt by humanity, and to empower my viewers to recognize their own creativity and luminescence. I combine forces of the dream-world with those of our conscious state, and energies of light with those of the shadow lands, thus representing the beautiful spectrum of life and death. If we do not unite as a tribe and harmonize with nature, what will become of our world?
Jessie Miller Murphy is a graduate student at Western Colorado University, earning her MA in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization. She works at WCU as the Quigley Gallery Manager and Special Projects Coordinator, and serves as Dr. Jeffrey Taylor’s assistant on the NEA Grant Project, a formal study and analysis of the U.S. Art Market that will be published and presented in 2020. She received a Photography scholarship to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, then continued her college career at The University of Colorado at Boulder and Naropa University. Miller Murphy was honored to serve on the Salida Council for the Arts for 2 years, acting as Chair of the Community Grants committee, ArtWalk Events committee and CABES Collection committee.
Miller Murphy is a certified Sound Healer, Usai Reiki Master, Aromatherapy Specialist, and Master of Crystal Energy and Healing. She has written and produced several music albums under the name Pigeon In A Top Hat, which may be found on SoundCloud. Miller Murphy has taught Art, Creative Writing and Stewardship to the youth of her communities and to those abroad. She was invited to Azerbaijan and Botswana by their Ministers of Culture to conduct photojournalism projects focused on education, women’s rights, and refugees of war. Miller Murphy’s multi-media artwork has been exhibited across the globe, earning several awards and honors.