Visual Arts

Lauri Lynnxe Murphy's Laments Explores the Use of Oil in Art

Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, whose art often deals with environmental themes, has been on a mission to purge herself of oil-based materials. But boycotting oil is next to impossible. Next May, Murphy plans to leave her massive Five Points studio behind and embark on a cross-country journey in a tiny home (see Could Tiny Homes Solve a Big Problem in Denver?," our May 22 cover story). The Westword MasterMind will be chronicling her travels on this blog.

Before she embarks on that journey, she has planned "one last hurrah" in the world of large-scale installation. Her new show Lament, opening Saturday, October 11 at the Leon gallery, mourns the use of oil in a wide variety of media: paints, photographic chemicals, digital technologies and sculpture. But instead of abandoning oil, she's making work with it. Westword recently spoke with Murphy to learn more about her tiny-house plans and her new show. See also: Could Tiny Houses Solve a Big Problem in Denver?

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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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