The Flying Pig Gallery Features the Whimsical Creations of Wendy McKim Murphy

In Wendy McKim Murphy’s artwork, she draws on her memories of her childhood in British Columbia, observing dogs, cats, ducks, and children. With each piece, she attempts to portray the soul or character of her subjects in paper mache.

“I am intrigued by the mysterious relationship we have with animals,” said Murphy. “The mystery being that while they are our closest kin in this universe, seldom can we say we know what they are thinking and feeling.”

Beginning with a wire armature, Murphy uses newspaper and paper pulp, adding paper clay for details. Each piece is finished with various papers, many of them handmade Thai, Indian, or Japanese paper. She then uses acrylic paint and varnish to complete the process.

Murphy studied fine arts at Concordia, University of British Columbia and Emily Carr College of Art and has been working in paper mache since 1990. Her work has been shown at the Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver Public Library Special Collections, and The Dog’s Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Her work is also featured in private collections all over the world.

The Flying Pig Gallery and Greenspace, open 9 am – 6 pm, is located at N6975 State Highway 42 in Algoma. For more information call 920.487.9902 or email [email protected].