Kel Mur

Artist + Kel Mur

I like junk.

I grew up in New Jersey surrounded by antiques, machinery, and stockpiles of seemingly meaningless objects kept as a result of my parents’ collective sentimentality. I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts in Studio Art from Monmouth University’s Honors Program and achieved the Creativity in Studio Art Award. My work took on a strong feminist presence during this time and I've shown pieces of that body of work in galleries along the New Jersey Shore and in New York City.

Currently, I gain momentum from my continuous exposure to graffiti, deteriorating buildings, man versus nature, and how well I play with others. Often, this manifests into rescuing trash from the street and examining its potential for new life. I also sometimes steal my neighbors' newspapers and compulsively saves cardboard. I spend many hours staring at my collection of modern human artifacts waiting for their connections to emerge. Much of my assemblage work takes on mandala or shrine-like characteristics while illustrating the world spinning in my mind. Concerns about femininity and the commodification of the body are regular working themes of mine, and I will occasionally rely on photography or painting for their final execution.

I currently reside in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana because it overflows with inspiration and great music. Plus, it has the best garbage.


Kel Mur is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Treme-Lafitte neighborhood.

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