Banner Image: Sweet Nothing (Detail) Ceramic Figurine and Plaster. 2015


Affiliation with Shape: Shape Open 2012, Shape Open 2016 Winner

Artist Statement

Kate Murdoch is an artist whose work reflects a fascination with the passage of time, the permanence of objects and the fragility of existence. It is human nature to surround ourselves with objects; they provide us with a sense of self and reveal our connections to the wider world. Often loaded with meaning, objects reflect both our internal emotional world and the external image we present to others. From the mundane to the meaningful, they are steeped in social and political history and part of our identity.

Kate Murdoch - Bad Head Day - Ceramic and plastic wire - 10x20x8
Bad Head Day - Ceramic and plastic wire (2014)

Murdoch works with found objects, images or materials taken from the everyday and mostly dating from the last century. These elements are modified, transformed or placed together so that they retain a sense of their original function, but also assume new meaning. Murdoch’s work employs an economy of means, a process of reduction that results in a restrained, formal aesthetic. Implied narratives are never fixed and allow for audience (re)interpretation. Often interactive in its display, Kate's work invites viewers to form their own associative memories, attachments and responses to her assemblages and installations, in some cases encouraging the handling of some of the actual objects presented.

End of the Season - Kate MurdochEnd of the Season (2014)