My practice to date has largely centered on abstract or semi-figurative painting concerned with the layering of colour, shape and texture. My working process incorporates sculpture, including relief work in ceramic, wood and concrete; as well as traditional photographic techniques such as cyanotypes. Heavily studio-based it involves a continual process of informal curation within the studio space itself. Objects (albeit works made or studio props/detritus) are continually in motion – a sculpture becomes a chair and the bin becomes a plinth to stage a painting. It is within this process of rearrangement that a lexicon of meaning emerges, and with it I write poetry from a fluctuating grammatical structure of motifs and themes.
I use materials for something in the hope that somewhere else along the line in my practice, perhaps unexpectedly, they become something.
- Jonathan Murphy