Ceramic artist Katrina J. Murray has combined diminutive ceramic sculpture, collage and found objects to tell stories – all part of a new exhibition, This Is Us, opening at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council on First Friday, May 6.
“Through the combination of these unlike things, I present timely ideas with humor and confrontation,” said Murray. “This is Us lures us to see ourselves in the ‘other.’ The word ‘Us’ means you and me, our community, those we may know and don’t know, collective behavior, and biases. The stories allow reflection on our personal views about today’s news headlines. This is a deeply meaningful exhibit for me.”
Murray, who has had a studio in the Circle City Industrial Complex for many years, said she is donating part of the proceeds from sales of artworks to two Indianapolis nonprofit organizations created by two mothers impacted by gun violence:
– DeAndra Dycus established Purpose4MyPain in 2014, after her son was critically injured by gun violence.
– Cheryl Shockley established Warriors4peace to honor the memory of her son, Jack, who was murdered in 2020 by a gunman.
Those interested in learning more about the organizations will be able to meet Dycus and Shockley at the opening reception for This Is Us. Prices for the artworks range from $25 to $5,000.
PHOTO ABOVE: Ceramic works such as 3 War will be part of Katrina J. Murray’s This Is Us exhibit at Gallery 924.