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September 10, 2008 to October 19, 2008

Bioforms: A Multimedia Installation by Lisa Murch

Lisa Murch is influenced by her undergraduate studies in entomology, biology and zoology. She creates sophisticated and intricate sculptures and site installations using craft based processes with common materials such as paper, wire, thread, yarn and found objects. Her delicate works transform these mundane materials into extraordinary constructions, often influenced by the history of the setting. She explores the complex relationships between organisms and their environments and is inspired by natural forms and processes, making references to plants, seeds, wings, birds and insects. At the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Murch created a site-specific installation that incorporated some of the original vegetation such as the wisteria vines planted in the PAA garden when the building functioned as a residence for the Wetherill Family. Throughout the installation, the living vine incorporated insects that resemble the properties of its leaves and flowers.

Murch received an M.F.A. from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia and a B.A. from Denison University, Granville, OH. Murch also studied at the Marschutz School of Painting and Drawing in Aix-en-Provence, France. Recent solo exhibitions include: Solo Series 2007, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA (2007); Natural Artifice, Schuylkill Center, Philadelphia (2005). Group exhibitions include: Celebrating Winter through Nature, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY (2007); Philagraphfika Invitational Exhibition, William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia, PA (2006);  Survive, Thrive, Alive, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY (2006); Kites: Art Takes Flight (Commission),Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA (2006); Inside/Outside: Passages (Outdoor Installation and Indoor Exhibition), Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA (2005); Night of 1000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY (2004); Dear Fleisher, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA (2004); On Color: The Green Show, The Esther Klein Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2004); NANO Show, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA (2004); and Unearthed,  The Schuylkill Center, Philadelphia, PA (2003). Murch has received several fellowships and grants including The Independence Foundation Fellowship (2006), The Leeway Foundation Window of Opportunity Grant (2004); and the Prince of Whales Foundation Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia (2002).

Tags: installation, mixed media