Michelle Marie Murphy creates photography and video art about beauty “tools” and the idealization of beauty in the United States.  This work takes place in the form of large-scale photos and videos of the applications of make-up, exercises, or macro photography showing the tactility of the products themselves.  Murphy’s practice is influenced by Third-Wave Feminism (or Post-Feminism), advertising, scientific imaging, performance art in the 1970s, Post-Modern Photography, and abstract painting.

Murphy received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography with a minor in Digital Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2004. Her artwork has been published and exhibited Internationally, including exhibitions in Geneva Switzerland, Guatemala City, Chicago, and San Francisco. She is a Professional Photographer at the NASA Glenn Research Center and co-curator of the international art and culture online magazine MAKE8ELIEVE.

In 2012-2013 her work was featured in DISCOVER MagazineBuzzfeedArt & Science JournalDivineCarolineSFMOMATumblr, NATIVE PublicationsMaybelline NY Tumblr, Newsweek and the Daily Beast – Picture Dept Tumblr, 20×200Popular Photography magazine, and the Drawing Center Viewing Program.