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Debriswell by Catherine Murray

Debriswell is constructed entirely of cast off scrap, material that was destined for the junk yard.  I am becoming increasingly aware of the impact that my own work as a sculptor may have on the environment, and am trying to work with more care in terms of the materials I use and the manner in which my art is made.  This piece represents a rejuvenation of elements which I might previously have disregarded: the form of the sculpture refers to an organic life force, such as an opening flower.

From Murray: “As a teacher of sculpture, it is important to me that my own work represents the values I try to support in the work of my students.  I look not only for aesthetic resonance, but also for a deep understanding of our place in the here and now:  our relationship with the planets resources is a compelling and crucial issue, and one that every artist must come to terms with.”

Murray has been teaching sculpture at ETSU since 1995;  she was named chair of the Department of Art and Design in October 2008.  She received her MRA in sculpture from the University of Montana in 1987 and has held artist residencies at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, on the Oregon coast; at the Ucross Foundation, in Wyoming; and at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, in Lumsden, Scotland.  Her work has been exhibited at galleries and museums across the US; she has an upcoming solo show of new work at High Point University, High Point, NC in November 2009.