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Cut antlers, silk velvet & ply

Inner library

Meadow Arts Commission 2011

Susie MacMurray has amassed dozens of antlers from Attingham's herd with the help of the Park Manager and Wardens. These come from natural shedding but also from the regular cull of the deer herd. The carefully arranged cut antlers appear to burst through the doorway, spilling out into the tranquillity of the Inner Library. They emerge from a mass of crumpled crimson velvet whose opulent texture echoes the 'velvet' on newly-growing antlers.

The piece also references the game trophies found in most country seats. These are strangely absent from Attingham, perhaps because the 8th Lord Berwick had such a strong bond with his deer. He used to hand-feed the animals and left Attingham at the time of the cull as he found it too distressing.

The notion of an ideal 'chocolate box' landscape which we all like to visit, with deer or other animals peacefully grazing, is of course only possible by continuous care which includes the harsh reality of managing the deer population.

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.