“A Map of Doubt” by Erin Murphy


“Stellar Diaspora,” mixed media, dimensions variable by Andy Harding

Terra Incognita

New Work by Andy Harding & Erin Murphy

June 7 – 30, 2019:
Ground Floor Gallery + Studios
942 4th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37210

Opening: Saturday, June 8th, 5 – 8 pm

Terra Incognita, or “unknown land,” is a term used in cartography to label regions that have not been mapped or documented. The phrase became popular during the Age of Exploration and served as an enticing call to action for explorers. In an updated context, Terra Incognita frames the pursuit Erin Murphy and Andy Harding have been laboring over in their individual art practices for many years. Looking to everything from cosmology to geology and surveying both the expansive and the minute, Murphy and Harding investigate the rich vein of imagery and concepts offered up by the natural world. However, they remain focused on a deeper interest in the larger questions of being: Why are we here? How did our world and all that is in it come to be? And how do we assuage our hunger for the infinite in a finite world?

In this exhibit, Murphy shows us familiar textures and surfaces of our surroundings, stitched into new, imaginative compositions and structures. Harding offers a meditation on a host of scientific themes, from the inner workings
of matter on a quantum scale to ecological and cosmic epochs. These themes influence his choice of material, form, and process–all of which echo the grand cycle of transformation evident in nature. The artists work in a variety of media including drawing, installation, sculpture, and collage. Whereas Murphy’s work has an imaginative undertone influenced by folklore and magical realism, Harding’s sculpture strikes tones of Eastern philosophy and mysticism. Both artists share an affinity for science fiction and fantasy that manifests itself in their work.

Andy Harding


Andy Harding is a sculptor living and working in Nashville, TN. Curiosity about matter led Harding to study chemistry and physics in college, but he soon began searching for ways to explore these interests through art and the alchemy of object-making. In the years following school, his visual and conceptual identity evolved as an artist- in-residence at the historic Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville. In 2016, he was invited to join 12 other art professionals from around the U.S. to study contemporary art in China. Harding’s work has been exhibited nationally and can be found in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States. He is represented by Tinney Contemporary in Nashville, TN.


My work approaches material, concept, and practice with equal weight. Each aspect influences and informs the other. Sometimes the process begins with a concept—other times a discarded, reclaimed, or found material sparks an idea. The materials are then shaped, layered, assembled and transformed into harmonious compositions. Geometric and organic shapes combine within these arrangements to explore the dynamic cycle of order and entropy that bears witness to the emergence of form and its dissolution in the multifaceted processes that make up the natural world. The finished works call to mind a counterintuitive mix of associations…from sci-fi zen gardens to geometric cloud formations.


2019 Terra Incognita, Ground Floor Gallery

Cosmic Dance, Nashville International Airport 2018 Group Holiday Exhibition, Tinney Contemporary

Art of the South, Crosstown Arts 2017 Cloud Witness, Tinney Contemporary

Cloud Witness, Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University 2016 Shared Spaces, Moremen-Moloney Contemporary

Nova Cygni, Nashville International Airport
2015 Ghost Structures, Leu Gallery, Belmont University

The Silo Room, Track One
2014-15 The Cygnus Loop, Tinney Contemporary

2012-13 Simultaneity, Nashville International Airport
2012 Follicle Stimulation and the Multiverse, The Bank Gallery 2011 Symmetry Breaking Being, Twist Art Gallery
2009 Gnathonemus Petersii, Gallery 400, with David Moré 2006 Art Chicago, Zeitgeist Gallery
2005 Being Under Way, Zeitgeist Gallery
2004 New Art ’04, Kingston Gallery

47th International Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute 2003 Flux, Zeitgeist Gallery

Untitled, Group Exhibition
Icons and Idols, D.I.G. Conference, Downtown Presbyterian

Church (D.P.C.)
2002 Out of Our Minds, Zeitgeist Gallery

Switchyard III, Zeitgeist Gallery

Incarnation and Risk, D.I.G. Conference, D.P.C. 2001 Fest de Ville, Tennessee Performing Arts Center

J. Andrew Harding, Belle Meade Plantation Gallery Suspended Belief, Montana Streets
Artclectic, University School of Nashville

2000 Communion, Studio Exhibit 1998 Writing Shadow, D.P.C

Private Collections

Grinder, Taber, & Grinder, Memphis, TN

Vantage Med Center, Houston, TX

AC Hotel, Minneapolis, MN

Cherry Bekaert, LLP, Nashville, TN Northwestern Mutual, Nashville, TN

Pinnacle Bank, Memphis, TN

Bill and Sandra Schreiber, Naples, FL

Susan Moremen, Louisville, KY

Bill Brasch, Louisville, KY

Janice and Manuel Zeitlin, Nashville, TN

Bill Barkley, Nashville, TN

Betsy Wills, Nashville, TN

Jerry Dale McFadden, Nashville, TN

Barry Holt, Nashville, TN

Lanie Gannon and Rob Ogilvie, Nashville, TN Belcourt Theater, Nashville, TN

Professional Experience

Finalist for ArtPrize Pitchnight, Nashville, TN, 2018
Artist Talk and Professional Practices Lecture, Murray State University, Murray, KY, 2017 Panelist, Experiencing Art in China, Belmont University, Nashville, TN, 2017 Preparator/Art Installer, Chicago, IL and Nashville, TN, 2004-2019
Artist Lecture and Student Critique, Belmont University, Nashville, TN, 2015


“Artist of the Week,” Nashville Arts Magazine, December 2017
Nick Erickson, “Students Experience Science through Artist Eyes,” The Murray State News (thenews.org), September 14, 2017
Joe Nolan, Criticali, Nashville Arts Magazine, October 2015
Sara Estes,“Leu Art Gallery spotlights alumnus’s ghostly sculptures” The Tennessean, August 23, 2015 Joe Nolan, “Arts at the Airport: Flying Solo,” Nashville Scene (review), December 2, 2012.
Joe Nolan, “Symmetry for the Devil,” ArtNowNashville.com (review), November 2011.
David Maddox, “In the Abstract,” Nashville Scene (review), November 27, 2003.
Julie Roberts, “Critics’ Picks: Brady Hasten and Andy Harding/Zeitgeist,” Nashville Scene, November 13, 2003.


B.S. Chemistry, Belmont University, Nashville, TN, 1997
CCSP, Contemporary Chinese Art Study, Western Kentucky University, Beijing, China, 2016


References and portfolio available upon request.



Erin Murphy


Erin Murphy is a multidisciplinary artist who works between drawing, painting, installation and scenic design. After studying at Pensacola State College, and spending a semester on exchange at the University of the Arts, London, she received a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Murphy has participated in several residencies including a summer at the International School of Painting and Drawing in Umbria, Italy, a fellowship with Salem Art Works in Salem, NY, and a three month stay with the Bijou Studio in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work has been featured in Nashville with solo exhibitions at Fort Houston and The Browsing Room; as well as group shows at Julia Martin Gallery, Construct Art Space, and Ground Floor Gallery + Studios. She has also designed pieces for the Nashville Fashion Alliance’s: Wardrobe Project, the Cheekwood Museum of Art’s: Estates of Elegance exhibition, and musical artist Bon Iver’s 2018 stage design: Candle Wax. She will be moving to Trondheim, Norway this Fall to begin an MFA in Fine Art at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


In my current body of work, I explore the idea of psychological landscapes through drawing and installation. Using primarily pen and ink or scratchboards, I use detailed line-work to play with shifting perspectives and create hybridized natural forms. The sketches begin with patterns and textures I find in nature. Within the sketches, abstractions and atmospheres develop that knit together a world made of disparate places, textures and forms that challenge the viewer by appearing simultaneously familiar and foreign.


w: erinmurphystudio.com
e. erinmurphystudio@gmail.com



The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD – BFA Painting – Summa Cum Laude August 2008 – December 2011
Central Saint Martins, London, UK – Exchange Student: 2D Pathway
August – December 2010

Pensacola State College, Pensacola, FL – Early Enrollment Program – AA Fine Art January 2006 – May 2008


Solo and Dual Exhibitions

2018 Hybrid Landscapes – Werthan Lofts, Nashville TN
2017 Portals, Boundaries, and Infinite Spaces – The Browsing Room, Nashville, TN 2016 Brave New Worlds – Julia Martin Gallery, Nashville, TN
2015 Ripple and Wake – Fort Houston, Nashville, TN
2014 Quoting Nature – Visitors Center Gallery, Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely, MD 2012 Illuminations – Salem Art Works, Salem, NY

Group Exhibitions

2018 Rhythm and Rush – Curated by Catherine Haggarty, Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN

2017 Surroundings and the Self – Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN

2016 Chatterpool – Construct Art Space – Nashville, TN
2013 Juried Staff Exhibition – Fox Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2013 Art Week Cape Town – The Bijou Studio, Cape Town, South Africa
2012 Vernissage – Anita Peghini-Räber Gallery, Rehoboth Beach, DE
2012 Baker Artist Awards – Joe Squared, Baltimore, MD
2012 Encounters (part of the BFA Thesis Exhibition) – Main Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD 2011 Intersections – Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2011 MICA in Sorrento – Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2009 Summer Exhibition – International School of Painting and Drawing, Umbria, Italy 2008 Pensacola State Art Honors Exhibition – Pensacola State College, Pensacola FL

Special Projects

2018 Concept artist for musical artist Bon Iver’s world tour stage: Candle Wax
2017 Exhibit designer for Cheekwood Estate and Gardens: Estates of Elegance: Bryant Fleming and The American Country Place Era exhibition.
2017 Display designer for the Nashville Fashion Alliance’s Wardrobe Project with Walker Jewelry 2016 Stage design consultant for Gruesome Playground Injuries at the Nashville Rep. Theatre


Honors, Residencies and Awards

2017 Panelist: Art Camp Lecture Series at Nossi College of Art, Nashville TN
2016 Collaborating Artist with the Nashville Fashion Alliance – The Wardrobe Project
2013 Visiting Artist: Bijou Studio – Cape Town, South Africa
2012 Winter Fellowship Artist – Salem Art Works, Salem, NY
2011 Departmental Award: Painting – MICA, Baltimore, MD
2011 Reba Stewart Memorial Scholar – MICA, Baltimore MD
2011 Trustees Award – MICA, Baltimore MD
2010 D’Anna Summer Study Abroad Scholarship Recipient: MICA in Sorrento Program, Italy

2008 Anna Lamar Switzer Award Visual Arts Award, Pensacola State College, Pensacola, FL
2007 Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College: – Full Scholarship: Architecture, Providence, RI


2017 Omnifold Podcast, Nashville, TN

Actions Not Words: Conversation with Painter Erin Murphy by Jonathan Lisenby

2016  Lagom Magazine, Bristol, UK

USA Today Featured in Nashville’s Fort of Creativity article by Samantha Stocks

Brave New Worlds review by Sara Estes

2013 The Chestertown Spy, Chestertown, MD

The Art of Erin Murphy Set for Adkins by Mary McCoy

The Maker’s Post – Quarterly Arts Magazine – writer/photographer for articles:
How to Grow Up and Become Who You Are: Interview with Artist & Illustrator Rebecca Green The Patience of Making: Interview with Designer Lindsay Walker

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