Portraits of the State

For an artist who’s still not sure if the drive to create is “a gift or a burden,” Molly Murphy demonstrates that her creative impulse is at its best when she’s behind the wheel. With the exhibit Greater Kansas, the self-taught Murphy takes a stylistic left turn from her sensual and unnerving portraits of women in states of anxiety and disconnectedness and instead focuses on the miscommunication between humans and nature through landscapes of the Sunflower State. Described as a “more personal look into the artist’s psyche,” the series features simple pencil drawings and oil paintings that include both text and texture (in the form of scratched surfaces). The series is darker than her previous work. The opening lasts from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Invisible Hand Gallery (801-1/2 Massachusetts in Lawrence, 785-393-6544). For more information and views of Murphy’s past work, see mollymurphyartwork.com.— Chance Dibben

Sat., July 3, 7-10 p.m., 2010