September 3 - 30, 2008
It was during my career as a construction welder that I
discovered the beauty of
copper and became totally absorbed with its possibilities as
a creative medium . I attended workshops with master craftsmen
in search of the knowledge to express my original ideas and
vision. In one of these workshops I learned about a radical way
to develop forms in metal,
using the simplest of tools. Using a hammer, a vise, an anvil,
and oxy-acetylene torch, I
employ a technique of metalworking whereby the metal is
folded, forged, annealed, and unfolded, resulting in dramatic
three dimensional forms.
These highly texturized, sculpted pieces are then combined and
joined through welding and riveting to create abstract wall
hangings and vessels. I begin
with a vision, constantly striving to reveal the true
organic nature of the copper and to capture the movement of the material
and it's tactile quality. My goal is to continue seeking new challenges
which fulfill a deeper appreciation for a material that keeps me
grounded and connected.
My studio is only
4 miles from the UNC-A campus. Visitors are welcome.
Catherine Murphy Designs
2000 Riverside Drive #6
Asheville, NC 28804
Updated 3 September 2008. Comments to the
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