Please join the Department of Art for an artist lecture to be presented by Michelle Murillo, an artist working across traditional and innovative forms. Murillo seeks to expand the vocabulary of print media and the multiple in an interdisciplinary context.
Murillo is an associate professor and chair of printmaking at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, California. She has a MFA in printmaking from the University of Alberta, Canada, and BFA in painting from Boston University.
She has exhibited internationally, with recent exhibitions in San Francisco, Iceland, Switzerland and Spain. She is the recipient of numerous grants and residencies including Edition Basel, Switzerland; Headlands Center for the Arts, California; Guanlan Printmaking Base, China; Bullseye Glass, Oregon and Proyecto’ace, Argentina.
Her work is in the collections of the Fine Art Museum of San Francisco; the Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Museum of History, Anthropology and Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico; the Janet Turner Print Museum, Chico, California; and the China Print Museum, Shenzhen, China among others.
Lecture Abstract & Artist Statement
Printmaking as a set of media has historically looked to the future for innovate ways to create, record and reproduce an image. I was invited to participate in a residency at Bullseye Glass in California.
Bullseye is a manufacturer of glass with resource centers for kiln-forming that support education through studio courses, an international contemporary exhibition program and artist residencies. The residency supports experimentation and exploration of cutting edge technologies for glass.
Over nine months, I explored and experimented with materials and processes, dialed in firing schedules, produced samples, prototypes and color tests. The residency culminated in a body of work entitled, A Measure of Time that was exhibited at Bullseye Projects gallery.
The exhibition, A Measure of Time, explores migration and immigration across nations and time through identity and a personal narrative of ancestry. As an American from a multiracial and diverse background—Colombian and Irish—I have a desire to examine how identity is constructed and negotiated. Identity is self-defined by place, politics and traces of the past.
Seeking more information about my ancestry beyond the stories passed down through generations, I turned to the science of genetics. The imprint of DNA unlocks history in our genetic memory that can give us a more complete picture of ourselves.
My DNA test revealed unknown information that simultaneously validates and complicates my family's history and the way I understand my personal identity. Using the DNA test results and family documents I am deconstructing and re-forming my identity. I created maps both literal and metaphorical for my shifting identity.
Working across print and glass seems befitting of the complex subject. The hybridity of media is a paradox: glass is ephemeral, yet print is fixed and somehow the fusion remains mutable and mysterious like the journey of retrieving the past through DNA.
This event is presented with support from the Ellen Johnson Endowment for Contemporary Art.