Erin Murrary is interested in exploring subtle aspects of lived experience with a practice rooted in drawing. Murray's recent work describes an alignment of interiority and exteriority, or projection of mental imagery onto the inert surfaces of our surroundings. Here, reverie mingles with the deeply encoded meanings of our buildings, furniture and design objects, drawing out the delightfully human nature of our decorative habits, from the transcendent to the corrupted and absurd.
With tactile surfaces and breathable illusionistic space Murray alludes to a more sensorial experience of the built environment, one that allows for peripherality, haptic feedback, weighted details and personal associations; phenomena more aligned with actual architectural experience than a stylish heroic image.
Ultimately Murray aims to hold the sharp palpability of lived experience in balance with its ambiguous and ephemeral dimensions, highlighting the embodied nature and empathetic possibilities of our constructed world.
Erin Murray received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has since exhibited widely in cities including New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA and Portland, OR. She was a 2018 recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and is participating in this years Viewing Program at the Drawing Center in New York. She has also been honored with the West Collects acquisition prize, the Fleisher Wind Challenge Exhibition Grant, and a Center for Emerging Visual Artists fellowship. Her work was recently highlighted in Dovetail magazine, and has previously been published twice in New American Paintings. Her work has been featured in various registries and flat file programs including Camayuhs (GA), Mother Gallery (NY), White Columns (NYC) and Tiger Strikes Asteroid (NYC). She recently spent five years as member and Facilities chair of the artist-run collective Vox Populi in Philadelphia, where she currently lives and works.
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