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Artist Statement
This body of work was fueled by my desire to aid others in personal empowerment. I sought to create totems for individuals, totems representing not who they are but what they need (a specific type of energy or focus: strength, wholeness, self challenge, etc.). These objects are physical embodiments of these intentions; they serve as a reminder of their owner’s goal, giving a sense of direction. This project relied greatly on interpersonal exchange. After learning about The Totem Project, those interested would contact me and we would begin a dialogue. What were they seeking? Why were they seeking this? Are there any materials, shapes, sounds, smells, or colors that they associate with it? We would establish a personal symbolic system that I would employ to craft the totem, making each piece private and unique. It was my job to be a recorder, interpreter, and mirror for the participants; I was a tool for them to utilize on their journey for self-focus and/or self-healing. It was an honor to be entrusted with their deep thoughts and yearnings and with the task of manifesting these urges in material form.

Biography
Amber Murphy originally hails from Port Jervis, New York. She relocated to Portland, Maine in 2009 to pursue her BFA at Maine College of Art where she fell in love with the expanded field of sculpture and its endless possibility.
Murphy is an artist working within the realms of performance, installation, and sentimental object. Her work is a meditation on what is, focusing on the human experience and possessing a faint optimism in regard to the human condition. She seeks to provide space for introspection and catharsis, which she hopes will lead to greater social reform and a gentler world.

Images
The Totem Project (Group Installation Shot), 2013, Varied Materials, Dimensions Variable
The Totem Project (Group Installation Shot), 2013, Varied Materials, Dimensions Variable
Adriana; Love?, 2013, Black & White Epson Print, Wood, Plaster, Sculpt-It Clay, Joint Compound, Paint, Lights, 1 x 1’ & 4 x 4 x 4”
Adriana; Love?, 2013, Wood, Plaster, Sculpt-It Clay, Joint Compound, Paint, Lights, 4 x 4 x 4”
Photo Credits: Savanna Pettengill