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Rachael Murphy
Bath, Maine

Rachael K Murphy, printmaker and painter, lives and works in Maine. She is a recent graduate (May 2022) from the University of Maine in Orono. Murphy leaves with a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Printmaking & Painting and a BA in Art Education with a minor in Art History. She finds inspiration in Maine ecosystems and how human activity impacts wildlife. Murphy’s artwork oscillates between realistic imagery and abstract forms, depending on the chosen media. It is a vehicle for processing personal interactions with the world, simultaneously layered with broader issues and themes. Complex, broken patterns and colors create a larger image or form. This patterning acts as a façade hiding her themes and subjects, like the perfected masks we all seem to wear interacting with the world. This patterning also brings intricate beauty to her subjects that may appear ordinary or mundane. The artist’s goal is to present pieces with immense beauty that require careful looking. On the surface, viewers can appreciate the complexity of patterns and carefully rendered animals. Murphy’s woodcuts are initially appealing to the eye, then lead to more serious, meaningful conversations. A viewer must spend time with each piece to fully understand the gravity of Maine’s beauty in crisis.