Selected by Joanne Coates
University: Manchester School of Art
Artist Statement: Death of a Magpie (2017-), an on going series, derived from the notion of place. Focusing on a landscapes ability to manifest a psychological being. Murphy uses the crow as a McGuffin to symbolise history, myth and metanarrative.
Murphy’s artistic process is built upon a framework of manipulating post process materials and disregarding the fragility of the print. Through this the print is morphed into a re-contextualised state. The discarded print becomes the art object.
The image begins to blur the lines between history and the contemporary. Forming a reality distilled and contorted. A place formed wholly from the imagination.