A work of art is a gift, not a commodity . . . works of art exist simultaneously in two “economies”, a market economy and a gift economy. Only one of these is essential, however: a work of art can survive without the market, but where there is no gift, there is no art.”  Lewis Hyde, The Gift

more than momentary: ENJOY alters the typical path of artwork from studio to gallery to collector by offering voluntary participants the opportunity to borrow and spend extended time with the work before the exhibition. In the spirit of Lewis Hyde’s ideas about art as a gift, I offered this time with the work as a gift, as a way of opening up the possibilities for relating to the work in a way that is more than momentary. The choice of the word ENJOY in the title refers to the secondary meaning of the word: "to possess or benefit from."

It was my hope that this more than momentary engagement with the work and the chance to temporarily possess it would afford some pleasure and benefit that goes beyond the typically brief gallery viewing experience.

This project was started as part of my recent exhibition at RaumX London. I would like to continue to keep the drawings in circulation so I am offering another set of participants the opportunity to host a drawing from now till mid-January 2016. The drawings and the artists book will be part of an exhibition during a midwinter Open Studios event in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. 

To view the more than momentary: ENJOY artists book which documents the project, click here.

The works included are from the Disrupted Drawings series. These works take a physical approach to drawing and are made from gesso, colored pencil, acrylic, gouache and rice paper. 

About Disrupted Drawings

Street posters repeatedly layered to the point of becoming solid objects, graffiti removals which then become a new set of graphic signs on the urban landscape, a medicine cabinet painted with so many layers of paint the recliner edges become soft — these inspirations all represent surfaces, shapes and objects that somehow appeal although their resulting aesthetic was not the intention of the hand that created them. In the Disrupted Drawings series, I attempt to invent a process that culminates in a drawing with this quality of unintentional intentionality. 

There is a parallel kind of layering process in the various arcs in life. The new job, the burgeoning friendship, the fresh love — often start with a sense of simple wholeness that is gradually disrupted and requires repair. These shifts can bring a different kind of wholeness, often awkward and beautiful in a new way. 

Disrupted Drawings explore the beauty that emerges from a rough process of iterations. In making these works, I revel in the quirky, unique object of a drawing that emerges and asserts its rightness in the midst of its many imperfections. 

Nancy Murphy Spicer 2015


Ready to Participate?

There are TWO things you need to do: 

1. Click the button and submit payment for shipping and handling.

2. Fill out the Participation Contract and click SUBMiT. 

Once these two are complete, you will have a drawing on its way to you! 

I am asking for a $14 shipping and handling fee this time around to cover my costs. Click the button and pay with Paypal OR a credit card. Then read and complete the Participation Contract below. 



Please fill out the Participation Contract below to express your interest in participating. I cannot promise I will be able to send work to every person who responds but I will do my best. 

The Participation Contract includes your commitment to care for the work, photograph the work as you have situated it in your life and email the photograph(s) to me, and, finally, to mail the work back to me by January 15, 2016. Your postage cost will be between $10-15.

Here's how it works:

1. COMMIT. Read the Participation Contract below and complete it.

2. RECEIVE. I will send you a work from the Disrupted Drawings series.

3. ENJOY. Curate the work into your life in any way you desire. Note the origin of the word 'curate' is "to care for.' Enjoy the work over an extended period of time.

4. DOCUMENT. Photograph the work (SQUARE format, please!) as you have situated it in your life. Email a 300dpi digital version of the photo to my email:  nancy at murphyspicer dot com. Optional: I would also welcome your thoughts in writing about the work and/or this project. (200 words max)

5. RETURN. Carefully repackage the work in the original packing material and mail it to me by January 15, 2016, using the mailing label provided. 

6. CONNECT. Follow on Instagram (murphyspicer) and/or Facebook to see how the project evolves. The works and a resulting artist's book will be part of an Open Studios exhibition in my studio in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. 

 I look forward to sharing my work with you and hearing about your experiences!

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