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I would like to invite you to my exhibition Transmutations, opening Friday the 6th at Artspace in Raleigh. The show is located in the Upfront Gallery and runs through September 28th. Please invite your friends and family. All information is found below.

I look forward to seeing you there!


Upfront Gallery
201 E Davie St., Raleigh

September 6th – 28th
First Friday Opening 6-10 pm


All things physically change form over vast expanses of time and external forces create certain topographies around us. In this body of work, negative spaces appear as cavities. These pockets of space have developed from the artist’s fascination with caves, chasms and the way crevices or folds behave. Murray is influenced by any type of hole, split or fracture, whether seen in an image of an arctic ice sheet or an open wound. Openings are instinctively mysterious, having the potential to create various levels of unease or anxiety. It’s our long fascination with the abyss. These moments in the work become contemplations on mortality and the unknown. Ultimately though, both paintings and sculptures are absorbed in conveying a sense of slow movement, a state of transformation that is taking shape. Murray’s process is driven by the complex relationship between positive form and negative space. It’s a dynamic relationship that is never constant, but rather fluid and changeable. Movement and change occur continuously around us, but it’s the imperceptible shifts that are inspiration for the work in this show.


Vanessa Murray is a painter and mixed media artist based in Carrboro, NC. She received her MFA in Studio Art from UNC Chapel Hill in 2017 and her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. She was recently a Regional Emerging Artist in Residence at Artspace in Raleigh and is currently a studio artist at Attic 506 in Chapel Hill. Murray has had solo exhibitions at The Durham Art Guild, UNC Chapel Hill’s Allcott Gallery, the Gutter Box Gallery in Raleigh and the Contemporary Art Workshop in Chicago.

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