Walking the Fine, Sometimes Blurry Line Between Work and Creativity

Sep 20, 2012

The truth behind the phrase “starving artist” scares a lot of otherwise artistically inclined folks away pursuing an arts career.

And many, if not most, artists have a day job to support their artsy impulses.  But for Madison resident Chris Murphy – his job and his art are one and the same.

An artist and an electrician, Murphy says it really doesn’t matter if he’s rewiring a house or building a work of art. Tools are tools and it’s up to the user to decide where they will take him.

Material Culture student and contributor Gianofer Fields caught up with Murphy in his backyard to find out if there is a line between work and creativity when you happen to love them both.

Fields produces and curates the series, “It’s a Material World.” That project is funded by the Chipstone Foundation, a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.