Jennifer Murphy was born in 1974 and currently lives in Toronto. She received a BFA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. At the root of Murphy’s practice is a sensitive, informed scrutiny of the natural world and the web of connections that bind it together, coupled with an acute sense of art history and the restrained distillations of ancient Japanese art in particular. Her assemblages often suggest totemic menageries, embedded with the tensions of predation and prey, of mutation and decay, wedding the specimens of the naturalist with the visions of the fantasist.

Murphy has shown in solo and group exhibitions at the Power Plant (TO); Mercer Union (TO); the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre; White Columns (NY) among several other institutions and has been featured in publications such as Canadian Art Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and Bad Day Magazine.