Maureen Murray                                               

An American artist creating lyrical abstractions of a changing natural world.   



    Imago Foundation for the Arts, Postcard Art Online Exhibition, March 2021                                            
  • Mystic Museum of Art, Virtual Exhibition,
    February 2021 

    These pastel works on paper are part of the Anthropocene series that I began in a federal wildlife refuge as I also sought a safe space during the COVID-19 pandemic. The white pastel on a background as black as coal or oil creates a ghostly and elegiac image of wild flora, serving as a reminder that we exist in the Anthropocene era and the sixth mass extinction—and what is at stake if we fail to take action. 
Daisy, pastel and charcoal on paper, 5 x 7.5  in.
    The Anthropocene Epoch is an unofficial unit of geologic time used to describe the most recent period in Earth's history when human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet's climate and ecosystems.

    As an artist whose work is based on forms from the natural world, it isn’t possible to ignore the climate crisis. I began a series of drawings in the summer of 2020 in Rhode Island’s national wildlife refuge system during the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 was the 4th ranking hottest U.S. summer ever recorded.

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Copyright © 2021 Maureen Murray

Summer Blossom, pastel and charcoal on paper,
5 x 7 .5 in.

Blaze, pastel and charcoal on paper, 20 x 12 .5 in.

Phantom Tree, pastel and charcoal on paper,
5 x 7 .5 in.