A few words about the artist:
Born and raised twenty miles West of Chicago in Lombard, Illinois, Julie Murphy developed a passion for all things creative early in life. A fascination for the weird guided her through a melodious childhood and the angst of public high school, where she explored the worlds of art, music, theater and journalism. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Speech and a Certificate of Creative Writing for the Media. In college, she studied experimental film production, excelled in the procrastination arts, deejayed a radio show and directed music videos for local bands. Post-collegiate employment in Chicago and Los Angeles included work at a Chicago Polish radio station, waitressing, bank employee, children's shoe salesman, television production assistant, art department coordinator for Mad TV, script reader, stop-motion animation prop-maker, bartender, office hack, and video editor. After years in the workforce, she mustered the courage to focus on visual art. She graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, in the illustration department, with a focus on printmaking. Everyday experiences-- both adventurous and banal-- filtered through the labyrinth of the subconscious inspires her artwork-- a curious partnership of observation and imagination. Her primary hobby is people watching, followed by travel, reading, dancing, swimming, cooking, and aimlessly staring out of windows. Today, she divides her time between art, video production, culinary advocacy, walking, sleeping, salsa dancing, rabble-rousing, pontificating, and dreaming about adventure in faraway places. She now lives in the vibrant metropolis of Chicago.
Written by Celery St. Bernard