Site specific installation, commissioned by Meadow Arts 2016

There are many different kinds and levels of darkness or obscuration of vision.  We sometimes speak about exploring deep space or doing something challenging and completely unfamiliar as ‘reaching into the void’.  Susie MacMurray is interested in the idea that darkness, the unknown or being ‘in the dark’ is a nuanced experience.  It is far from empty.  Even in the pitch black there is still a lot of information reaching us from within and from outside our bodies, which we try to make sense of – indeed our senses are heightened by it.

MacMurrays’ intention, here in the context of a former school for the blind is to construct a sculptural environment from extruded black butterfly netting. She was drawn to the material as it “implies fragile ephemeral things trapped within its folds and edges”.

When constructed this large mass, essentially a black shadowy cloud, will fill the centre of the hall.  When complete the viewer will be able to enter the void and even lie down and take time to experience being inside this smoky dark material, through which natural light penetrates in different amounts.



Susie MacMurray

Susie MacMurray is a British artist whose work includes drawing, sculpture and architectural installations.  A former classical musician, she retrained as an artist, graduating with an MA in Fine Art in 2001.  She lives in Manchester and has an international exhibition profile, showing regularly in the USA and Europe as well as the UK.  Working in installation and sculpture, she has gained a reputation for poetic site-specific interventions in historic spaces.

Recent projects include a second successful solo show in New York at Danese Corey, a large scale site specific commission in Winchester Great Hall in response to the WW1 centenary, and an exhibition of British and American artists at Winfield House organized by the American State Department.  Upcoming solo exhibitions include the Mall Galleries in February 2017.  Her recent large sculptural works Medusa, Pandora and Host are all currently on loan to museums in New York and Virginia USA.

Susie MacMurray is represented in the UK & Europe by Merville Galleries, and in North and South America by Danese Corey Gallery.

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