Highlighting & preserving women in Art
ArtLovesHer: When did you begin your craft/art?
MJ Murphy: I began writing poetry when I was young, maybe in middle school? It has always been a way for me to express my feelings when I felt like nobody was around to listen.
ALH: What inspires you?
MJM: I am inspired by a lot of things. Anything can really be a source of inspiration.
ALH: Who would you say are some of your major influences?
MJM: My major influences are definitely my family, my heritage, my backgrounds, and my experiences.
ALH: What does being an artist mean to you?
MJM: Being an artist means that I have the freedom to speak my thoughts in a way that allows others to relate.
ALH: How do you get through creative blocks?
MJM: I don’t try to force it. If I have a topic to write about, I write about it. If not, I don’t. However, those periods don’t usually last long.
ALH: What advice would you give to a younger relative considering a future in the creative arts?
MJM: Pursue your happiness.
ALH: How did you become affiliated with ArtLovHer?
MJM: I was introduced through Joi Sanchez through a performance I did with Apt78 with Word at 4F.
ALH: What does Victory mean to you?
MJM: Victory is creating a goal for yourself and attaining it. Attainment, not in the possessive sense, but in a way that you free yourself from the disappointment of underachieving your full potential.