May 2022 | Katrina J. Murray: This is Us
First Friday Reception: Friday, May 6, 6-9 p.m.
In her exhibition This Is Us, ceramic artist Katrina J. Murray uses collage on mirrors to invite us to reflect more intentionally on the cultural biases we subconsciously hold. Vintage scales with ceramic figures and other objects weigh people’s differing conceptions of civil liberties–such as those surrounding gun laws–against the human consequences.
In one installation, The Garden of Earthly Delights, she uses humor and surprise to challenge us to see what’s really under the surface of social justice issues that have divided our country, including interracial marriage, LGBTQ rights, and class warfare.
Murray, who lost her son in 2005 during the Iraq War, will donate part of the proceeds from sales of This Is Us artworks to two Indianapolis nonprofit organizations created by mothers against gun violence: Purpose 4 My Pain, established by DeAndra Dycus in 2014 after her son was critically injured by gun violence, and Warriors4peace, established by Cheryl Shockley to honor the memory of her son, Jack, who was murdered in 2020 by a gunman.
The exhibition will be up through May 26.