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Q&A with Student Artist Liam Murphy

Q: Which mediums do you frequent?

A: I’m almost always working with clay through pottery or ceramic sculpture but recently I’ve been doing stuff with glass and that’s been challenging but fun.

Q: What draws you to sculpture / 3d art?

A: I like how there’s no real limit to what you can do with sculpture. It also feels very rewarding to start with a piece of clay and end up with something I can hold in my hands and recognize as a physical object like a vase or some other vessel.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

A: My pieces that have intense details come from these vivid dreams I have. Surface design inspiration for my pottery comes from my childhood art like I fingerpaint on some things and use crayons and I like to make it sloppy so it really looks like a kid did it. I also get a lot of inspiration from reading poetry, particularly Richard Siken’s.

Q: What piece (yours or another artist’s) has stuck with you the longest?

A: In kindergarten my teacher had us recreate one of Monet’s Haystack paintings so I find myself thinking about that series of paintings frequently.

Q: What’s your favorite piece of art you’ve created?

A: When I was really little I drew a stick figure portrait of me and my dad on a sticky note.

Q: Which art classes have you taken at City High?

A: I’ve taken Ceramics twice before Ceramics 2 was offered [as well as] Sculpture, Glass, Graphic Design, Ceramics 2, and AP Art.

Q: Any advice for young artists?

A: Art can be difficult and frustrating sometimes, especially when the image you have in your mind and what you’re doing with your hands isn’t lining up, but keep at it and eventually your thoughts and your actions will coincide with each other. Also don’t compare your art to other peoples’. Art is a personal thing.

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