October 4, 2005 - November 27, 2005
Central Library, Lobby Gallery

A Site Specific Installation by Sculptor Ellie


Artist Talk: Tuesday, October 18, 6-7 PM, Lobby Gallery

In June of 2005, I began to visit each of the 60 libraries of Brooklyn Public Library, starting with the DeKalb library, closest to my home. I took with me my partner, Simon, and our 4-year-old son Malcolm Edgar Heathcote.

I continued to take Malcolm to each of the Brooklyn libraries, checking out a book, which I read, and recording our visit with a photograph of Malcolm.

The resulting sculpture, created from these borrowed materials, is meant to map the personal experience of one individual in the context of the common cultural community-fusing the stories we share with the ones that are ours alone.

- Ellie Murphy


BPL exhibition, Ellie MurphyEllie Murphy grew up in central Kansas but has lived in New York City for over a decade. She has been using books, text and narrative in her sculpture since her MFA thesis show at Yale in 1992. Murphy's art has been shown in numerous local and national exhibitions and was recently noted in the New York Times ("New Artists Who Are Motivated by Christianity", August 2005). Her recent work has been influenced by what she calls "the hybrid nature of the boroughs and the decentralized culture of New York City."

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Lobby Gallery exhibitions are supported by a grant from The Greenwall Foundation.