Wind Challenge Catalogue
Brenna K. Murphy
Home Is Where the Hair Is (untitled 7), Artist's hair stitched into silver gelatin print, 8 x 10 inches, 2004
For most of us, the idea of home brings to mind the familiar house of our childhood, in a neighborhood where we knew all the street names. For artist Brenna K. Murphy, who moved eight times to six different states by the age of eighteen, home has been more of an abstract idea. In response to her nomadic upbringing, her ever-present body became her surrogate home, and hair has now become her material of choice. By stitching directly into photographs of empty houses, Murphy continues to poke and prod her definition of home against its conventional meaning.
Brenna K. Murphy received her B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina.
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