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Lauri Lynnxe Murphy's Nest/Shed opens Friday at Mai Wyn Fine Art

Lauri Lynnxe Murphy's Nest/Shed opens Friday at Mai Wyn Fine Art

It's not far off the mark to call artist Lauri Lynnxe Murphy a force of nature, as many of her recent works grow out of a symbiosis with the natural world. And that's what her new show, Nest/Shed, opening Friday at Mai Wyn Fine Art, is all about. Here's a sneak peek of some of the work, with text from her artist statement.

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Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, "Nests 2014," Industrial felt scrap.
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, "Nests 2014," Industrial felt scrap.
Of late, I find myself thinking of home. Not of a specific home, but more of the general notion of home: what is a home? What is my home? What does it mean to have a home, versus not having a home? Is a structure your home? A city? A state? A nation? And more broadly: what of the earth, our collective home?
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, "Nests 2014," Industrial felt scrap.
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, "Nests 2014," Industrial felt scrap.
As it grows ever more unable to support us due to human folly and carelessness, what will "home" come to mean? Each tree cut down to build a human home has already been a home, to hundreds of creatures...what is the legacy of home in materiality? And ultimately, isn't our skin our primary home, which we live within always as we place-make in the world?

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Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, "Untitled (Nest)," Paper Wasp Nest and Gouache on Arches Cover, 2014.
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, "Untitled (Nest)," Paper Wasp Nest and Gouache on Arches Cover, 2014.
Each year, the paperwasp queen abandons her home for the winter, leaving her children to die, and hibernates until spring. She chews wood pulp from trees and begins to form a comb, suspended from a branch, in which she deposits the first layer of eggs. Once hatched, they will continue to build the nest from layer after layer of chewed pulp, which forms paper.
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, "Untitled (Home)," Paperwasp Nest, Shed Boa Skin, Ink, Vintage Wallpaper, 2014.
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, "Untitled (Home)," Paperwasp Nest, Shed Boa Skin, Ink, Vintage Wallpaper, 2014.
The interior of the nest is filled with layers of comb, where eggs are laid and grow into new wasps. Unlike bees, however, the wasps don't harvest nectar and make honey for the winter, though they are pollinators and have an important role in the ecosystem and our food supply. To make these drawings, I deconstructed the work of the wasps, layering their paper onto human made paper, after their home had been left.

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Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, "Untitled (Skin)," Shed Boa Skin, gouache, Copper on Arches Cover, 2014.
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, "Untitled (Skin)," Shed Boa Skin, gouache, Copper on Arches Cover, 2014.
The wasps' paper is made by agitation and compression, similar to how felt is bonded together. I have used the industrial waste from circles cut into a layer of heavy felt, castoffs that would have become trash but in their warmth and heaviness still offer a sort of comfort. Similarly, the snakeskin is a cast-off layer, waste shed by the skin, it's outer "home" discarded as the wasps' nests are each year. Just as birds have constructed nests from shredded paper and plastic bags, will we be nesting in our own industrial waste at some point? As the oceans rise, will we be left with islands of floating trash on which to pitch our weary tents?
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, "Untitled (Skin)," Shed Boa Skin, Ink, Copper on Arches Cover, 2014.
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, "Untitled (Skin)," Shed Boa Skin, Ink, Copper on Arches Cover, 2014.

Nest/Skin opens with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 21 and runs through April 26 at Mai Wyn Fine Art. Visit Mai Wyn online for details. Learn more about Lauri Lynnxe Murphy online, as well.

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