Molly Murphy Adams bases her work on concepts of hybridization, pairing the needlework techniques of beadwork and embroidery with printmaking and paper media. Murphy Adams’ work illustrates the blending of cultures, identities, and histories by juxtaposing dissimilar methods, media, and narratives. Murphy Adams freely borrows from multiple disciplines to create fiber and mixed media arts pieces reflecting her background and traditions. Murphy Adams was born in 1977 in Montana and earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from The University of Montana in 2004. She has made Tulsa, Oklahoma her home for over a decade.
My work serves as a cultural narrative, an expression of personal experience, and an exploration of form and function. I use specific materials and designs to connect with my tribal art legacy while material and content choices
embrace the reality of my modern mixed heritage. My designs originate from traditional sources and combining these inspirations with beadwork and embroidery techniques create a specific textural and tactile experience necessary for me to explore relationships between our understanding of data and knowledge. I use the visual language of color and shape to articulate new observations on politics, history, and identity. Art is the means with which I engage with the weight of both my past and my potential, one stitch at a time.