On Artfcity, Whitney Kimball observed,
with some justification, that young artists these days seem broadly reluctant
to incorporate confrontational political content into their work. But there are many
salutary role models, from William Powhida and Jen Dalton to Marlene Dumas and Steve Mumford. Wedding heart and craft, Margaret Murphy should also be included on the list.
Stressed out from the onslaught of horrendous news reports, Murphy tried to stop paying attention but soon realized how porous our homes have become since plugging into the Internet and social networking media. Every time she turned on the computer, she was bombarded by disturbing images, opinions, and unbearable news reports. In response, her new installation in Gallery Aferro's Project Room fuses wallpaper patterns, home decoration, and sewing projects with the current events that most unsettled her, including international women’s rights issues, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.
At Aferro, Murphy presents a thought provoking series of small paintings, a site-specific silkscreened wall, and a handmade dress that her daughter, Morgan Fernandez, designed and sewed using Murphy's original fabric.
"Toile News Project: Margaret Murphy," Gallery Aferro, Project Room, Newark, NJ. Through December 14, 2013.
Margaret Murphy presents "The Ballerina Project" at Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia (2007)
Micchelli: How art can effect political change (2009)