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Nicola MURRAY Born 1965 -

Biography

Nicola Murray is a visual artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Much of her current activity is lens-based and combines photography, printmaking and digital technology. Nicola was born in 1965 and attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art from 1989-92 gaining BFA (Hons) Drawing and Painting.


These cyanotype prints are a playful exploration of botanical forms intended to prompt the viewer to consider what is ‘natural' and the part human beings play in the natural world. Much of Murray's artistic practice stems from her training as a biologist and from her abiding interest in science and nature. These works resulted from an artists residency at Hospitalfield House: an arts centre on the East Coast of Scotland. Murray spent a summer exploring the local area and began to research ideas for a series of botanically themed cyanotypes, or ‘blueprints'. The cyanotype process is a simple photographic contact printing method developed over 150 years ago.


Her solo exhibitions include Yield at Edinburgh Printmakers 2006 (from which these two works were short-listed for the Gracefield Collection) and in 2005 ‘Yamal Works', two small exhibitions as part of a residency aboard Russian Icebreaker Yamal in the Arctic Circle. Other important solo shows were Anatomy of Absence, Denmark, 2004 and Anatomy of Absence, Glasgow Print Studio 2002. She has exhibited in many group exhibitions including the SSA Annual Exhibition.


She said of her work: "My interest in biological systems and science continues to have a strong influence on my art practice. The unexpected connections found between apparently random elements and the contrasts frequently discovered between the exterior and interior of things are themes that often crop up in my work...Faced with a continued scientific unravelling of ourselves and the world around us I hope that there will always be things that can't be explained. A gap in our knowledge leaves room for poetry and a sense of wonder that we exist at all."


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