The Strand Test is a series of introspective works by Lawrence artist Molly Murphy, inspired by an invasive, anxiety-inducing test.
The 10 ink and colored-pencil drawings on display at The Bourgeois Pig (6 East Ninth Street in Lawrence, 785-843-1001) through September 22 are based on the premise of hair-strand testing, which is often used to determine whether someone has used drugs. Murphys works explore whether a single strand of hair could also hold a persons experiences. I started thinking of the idea that memory is carried inside one strand of hair, she says. Each [drawing] kind of carries lengths of thought for me.
On first look, Murphys works appear girlish. The female figures are large-eyed and pixieish, but their fixated expressions and the strange accompanying images indicate that there is much more to Murphys evidence than meets the eye.
Sept. 12-22, 2007