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Susie MacMurray - Spawn

Temporary installation artwork, commissioned by Meadow Arts. Latex balloons and water

Susie MacMurray - Spawn

Temporary installation artwork, commissioned by Meadow Arts. Latex balloons and water

Susie MacMurray - Spawn

Temporary installation artwork, commissioned by Meadow Arts. Latex balloons and water

Susie MacMurray - Spawn

Temporary installation artwork, commissioned by Meadow Arts. Latex balloons and water

Spawn

Susie MacMurray - Spawn

Constructed only from clear latex balloons and water, Spawn is an artwork about the powerful but fragile, temporary nature of all life. Everything has a time and a season, and nothing stays the same or lasts forever.

Latex is a natural, biodegradable material, harvested as a milky fluid from rubber trees. Artist Susie MacMurray sees latex as a metaphor for lifeblood. It is broken down and perishes when exposed to ultraviolet light. For MacMurray, this suggests what happens to skin and to our bodies as they age and are exposed to sunlight.

As soon as Spawn was made it started to change. Beginning as plump, sparkling clear spheres, it gradually became cloudy, shrank or disintegrated as the sun’s rays acted upon it. The rate of decay depends on the weather and the amount of sunlight affecting the work. Over a few days, as the balloons were weakened by daylight, the pressure of the water inside them became too much and they randomly burst or leaked and withered until the artwork itself perished.

Temporary Artwork at Attingham Park

On Thursday 5th April 2012, visitors to Attingham Park joined in with House of Beasts artist Susie MacMurray as she created a sparkling temporary installation artwork, Spawn, on Attingham’s front lawn. Each person added their own balloon to the artwork and the balloons burst at random over the next few days, until there was nothing left.

 

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.

www.susiemacmurray.co.uk