Erin Murphy lives and works in Florence, Italy. Born in the US and educated in Rhode Island, New York and Florence, she has resided in Italy for more than half her life.
An artist and educator, Erin has been exhibiting and teaching for over 20 years.
All of her diverse bodies of work are united by the central themes of observation, presence and time.
Whether it be charcoal on paper, watercolor, pens, found materials or traditional oil painting, the medium is chosen according to the expressive qualities required for the subject at hand.
Daily practice is a fundamental part of her process.
Erin Murphy’s exhibit, “Goodbye Florence” is a selection of cityscapes of our beloved city. The title refers to the part of Florence which is disappearing and is invisible to everyone except those who live here.
Along with the many businesses that have closed, too many artists and artisans are also having to pack up and leave. Florence is at risk of becoming a beautiful empty shell.
In Italy’s national dialog, it is often being likened to Venice. But we at the Arts Inn believe that we are still in time to sustain, protect and nurture the heart and soul of Florence- the artists.
The online exhibitions are our way of doing just that. We encourage you to consider giving the gift of artwork this year so that we can all continue to share our unique and special gifts with each other.
The Arts Inn begins the online exhibitions as Europe enters the third wave of contagion in the pandemic.
As we all know, all sectors of society have found themselves in an extremely challenging situation.
One sector which is not widely represented is the artistic community. Our first online artist says that this could be due to the fact that artists are like weeds and prosper even in the most adverse conditions and like weeds, seem to require less tending.
“But the truth is that the world needs the arts now more than ever,” she says. “In a very direct way, artists can be likened to two other sectors—the most fragile, like the elderly who depend on others for survival and pass on the story of our cultural heritage, and also hospital personnel or teachers. We are part of the frontline workers because art speaks directly to our hearts. Sometimes it’s a picture or a song which give us the strength to keep going. Beauty and expression are as essential a part of human experience as breath itself.””