"I'm pleasantly amused to be using the cheapest possible thing," he said. "I take deep pleasure in that."
Creating artwork that is destined to be covered over in a few months also is part of a greater point Murrow wants to make.
"It doesn't have to be an image that lasts forever. Looking and discussing are important, even if the image doesn't have longevity," he said. "I'm also trying to assert that art doesn't have to be only about economic value. Many works of art are discussed in relation to cost. I think it's important to bring the conversation back to what I consider to be more valid," which is what is happening in a particular piece of artwork and why it is important.
He said he looks at the wall drawings a bit as if he had sold a piece of art, never to see it again.
"I'm happy to get to make them. And once they're done, I feel fine with them moving on and being painted over," he said.
The exhibit is entitled "Positions of Power, Land View," and Murrow said it examines life from an aerial perspective.
"It's all recognizable," he said, "although there's certainly a lot of fantasy, invention and things that don't fit perfectly."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
If you go
What: Exhibit: Positions of Power, Land View
When: Opens Saturday, runs through Jan. 5
Where: Clay Center
Info: www.theclaycenter.org or 304-561-3570
FYI: Artist Ethan Murrow will be composing wall drawings 1 to 5 p.m. today and Friday; visitors are welcome to watch the pieces unfold. He will give an artist talk at 5 p.m. Saturday, followed by a reception at 6 p.m.