This unseen archive forms the backbone that haunts the finished works. Through a process of editing, erasing, overwriting or simply replacing what has been painted and unpainted, the work leaves a sense that is not quite of loss, or absence, but rather the presence of a non-thing.
Ciarán Murphy was selected for the Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection in 2017.
April – September 2007
In his most recent bodies of work Ciaran Murphy’s work has taken the form of small-scale paintings on stretched paper and canvas using both acrylic and oil paints. The habitual collecting of imagery forms an important part of Murphy’s practice. Images spanning vastly different eras taken from art history, natural history, scientific enquiries, nature documentary stills and other more arbitrary sources serve as a starting point for his work. Murphy’s practice is predominantly an enquiry into what it means to perceive the world through the human eye. The finished paintings depict objects treated in isolation, tiny snippets of time and ambiguous contexts or sites that seem to hold out the vague anticipation of an event. As well as the individual paintings the grouping of the work becomes important; meaning and interpretation in individual work becomes both reliant and unhinged within the context of the larger group.
Ciaran Murphy’s work was shown in the Process Room, First Floor Galleries, from 25 September – 14 October 2007.
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