Embryonic City
My latest work has been rooted firmly in the study of city architecture and the physical locale. Having lived in the suburbs, country, and city I have examined diverse architecture and have explored what constitutes a home. Why are certain people drawn to one location over another? I’ve chosen to represent my habitat of preference and also my longing to reside there. Perhaps it is the quality of line that defines each brick, cornice, cladding, and window pediment that magnetizes my eye. These unique forms fold over one another and remain endlessly fascinating. Inspecting, recording, and retaining these buildings helps bring me closer to the real New York.
To discover and understand physical locales, I’ve decided to focus on the origin of a city, specifically that of New York, analyzing its progression beginning in the late eighteenth century. During this time, urban development crystallized which set the pattern for the city I admire today. This rudimentary community was divided into urban subunits allocated by ethnicity, race, religion, wealth, and occupations. Through a series of grid plans showing how areas were settled, divided, and concentrated, I was able to better understand how this embryonic community progressed to be one of the greatest cities in America.



2 thoughts on “Research

  1. jakaldog says:

    I’m glad to see you exploring a variety of forms like plates and vases. These forms will give you a larger canvas to explore with, challenging you to explore the relationship of the thrown form with the cityscapes and maps you choose. I am excited to see how you relate and integrating the formality of both and challenge you to explore a variety of types of forms based from each function to allow for a wider experimentation of coupling image with form.

  2. bmurphy39 says:

    Your explorations in city architecture and the idea of habitat and environment are great foundations for generating a body of work. It is interesting to think about the relationship of art and architecture…chronologically, the latter precedes the former simply because human beings have always needed shelter. The home, the dwelling, the living space…this theme is pervasive throughout history and additionally has tangential connotations (destruction, comfort, urbanization, population, etc.)

    Does the work need to be functional? By imposing images on existing objects, you are offering architectural motifs to an object that already has a predefined function (think Louis Sullivan here)…what are the implications? What is more important…creating usable ceramic objects with surface decorations inspired by what inspires you or making a conceptual statement about one of the themes that you care about?

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Spring 2013

Bri Murphy

Artist, Maker

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