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Psychologue: Frances Murray
Photographs (1977-2007)


Frances Murray : Psychologue, 1977-2007

Dates: September 8th – November 3, 2007

Reception: Saturday, September 8th,  7 - 10 p.m.

Location: Etherton Gallery
135 S. Sixth Avenue

Hours: 11 - 5 Tuesday through Saturday, 11 - 7 Thursday

Contact: 624-7370 :: Daphne Srinivasa, Hannah Glasston, Terry Etherton


Etherton Gallery is pleased to announce our first exhibition of the 2007-2008 season, Frances Murray: Psychologue, 1977-2007, a retrospective exhibition celebrating Tucson photographer Frances Murray’s 30-year career and 60th birthday. Murray’s career will also be the subject of a catalog by the same name, and she will hold a book signing on September 8th during the opening reception.

During Murray’s lengthy career she has produced a diverse body of work including nudes, self-portraits and still-lifes as well as images of her twin daughters. Having no formal training, Murray’s work nevertheless reflects a restless search to understand the nature of photography through her intuition and keen powers of observation. Murray has been inspired by the work of André Kertész, Harry Callahan, Emmet Gowin, and Paul Outerbridge, but considers mentor and husband Harold Jones the most significant influence on her work.

Murray’s work suggests the influence of female Surrealists as she incorporates dreams and a contemporary interpretation of automatic writing into her imagery. She asserts her position as a creative subject, destabilizing the male fantasy of ‘woman’ as an object of fear and desire in photographs such as Black Hat. Murray deliberately constructs a stage showcasing the body as a highly charged vehicle of expression, also signaling the importance of the feminist movement in her work. Yet her photography is also deeply personal, and presents a sense of intimacy that challenges our preconceived notions of motherhood and sexuality. In particular, Murray’s series of self-portraits and photographs of her children, tap into powerful feelings of vulnerability and psychological self-absorption, as in Shattered Bird. Thus her ‘psycho-logue’ can be understood as a mature, insightful collective portrait of her life or as beautifully crafted, sensuous, individual images.


Frances Murray

Originally from Drogheda, Ireland, Frances Murray emigrated to the United States in 1966, living in Rochester, NY. Murray moved to New York, NY in the early 1970s and then to Tucson in 1975. Her work has been featured in exhibitions all over the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts awards, including the prestigious US/Japan Exchange Fellowship, which allowed her to spend six months photographing in Japan. Murray’s work is in several important public and private collections, including: the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA; the Museum of Photographic Art, Balboa Park, San Diego CA; Tucson Museum of Art, AZ; and the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, Tucson.


Represented in Tucson by Etherton Gallery, Frances Murray is available for interviews upon request. Please contact the gallery at 520-624-7370 or email us at info@ethertongallery.com to schedule an interview or for more information about the artist or her work.


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