Dear Curatorial Team at Tate Modern,
I am writing to you in regards of my interest for submission,
Please find enclosed details of my artistic practice for consideration for exhibition opportunity at Tate Modern.
I am based in the Valleys of South Wales where I have a studio and darkroom. My practice is an experimental crossover of analogue photography and mixed media. My practice is rooted in an evocative visual sense, with a strong emphasis on questioning the relationship between both artistic convention and historical dialogue.
I would like to thank you for your time and consideration. Please feel to contact me if you require any further information or a proposal for your committee at Tate Modern.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Attached; Artist statement, mini CV,
Example of images; Paintings are from Ubiquitous Unique, Black & White Photographs, Nurtured In Concrete Form and Colour Photographs,
Being a Girl Collection
Artist Sheree Murphy
My artist practice began its roots in photography and the darkroom printing process and has since developed into an experimental approach and creative dialogue. The element of nostalgia and reflection have played an influential role to my practice and has coincided with my gravitas and interest for arts in health and wellbeing. Photographers that have been influential to the theory and challenges of my practice; Walker Evans and Dorothea Lang and the challenges they faced when recording the great depression and contemporary artist Rozanne Hawksley with her intimate subjects of loss and identity.
The following is a brief summary of three collections I have produced since 2001;
My earliest collection of filmic stills, Being a Girl (2001-2003) began as a coming of age project and reflection on the world around me, the horrors of September 11th and the introduction of the ladette culture and binge drinking. The media headlines were laced with fear of terror and undeniable depletion of freedoms on a personal and global scale. Being A Girl was an highly instinctive piece which at the time played the role of what it felt like to be a girl. The collection is a series of sixteen, C-type prints, 16” x 12” using a photogram technique with colour transparency 35mm film.
The following project Nurtured in Concrete Form (2007- ongoing) has developed from a body of work that consisted only of black and white photographs to a collection of experimental dialogue using objects and photography. The project began when I started photographing my Grandfather’s home who had passed away. I was curious to learn more about my Grandfather of whom I knew very little of at the time. By photographing his home the project and collection gathered momentum and became a catharsis for historical regression into my family’s past uncovering secrets, sexuality, religion, illness and emigration, relating to my family’s ancestral roots in Southern Ireland and the impact of the potato famine of 1845. The collection is ongoing – twenty, black & white fibre based prints 10”x 8”, 35mm & medium format film and eight mixed media pieces.
My recent project Ubiquitous Unique has developed from my interest in Art therapy and the process of mark making of which, I investigated the notion of drawing and painting with reference too early Post War art movement, Pop Art and its notion of mass production of art. I am interested in the advancement of the digital image and its aesthetic desires of which are reproduce and sold today with a wider accessibility to artists’ audiences via department stores; selling wall art canvases that are displayed in our homes conveying cityscapes, landscapes etc. Ubiquitous Unique is a collection of canvases that began life in a department store only to be reinvented and reinvigorated with lashings of colours and layers creating a new image with its unique stamp. The collection is ongoing and consists of six canvases, acrylic, ink and textiles each ranging in size from 16” x 12” to 24” x 22”.
Qualifications & Training
2012 Art Therapy Foundation BAAT Manchester
2007 PGCE in Further Higher Education Swansea Metropolitan University Wales
2003 Photography in The Arts BA (Hons) Swansea Metropolitan University Wales
2012 Opening the Shutters; Stories Through The Camera Lens
Carad Gallery Rhayader Wales
2012 Parallax AF Soho New York USA
2012 Unlayering…. Celf O Gwmpas Llandrindod Wells Wales
2012 Showcase-Cities Bethnal Green London
2011 Slice Of Art – Powys Arts Month Hours Gallery Brecon Wales
2011 This Unfolds Ffotogallery Penarth Cardiff Wales
2011 Parallax AF Mayfair London
2011 Powys Arts Form AGM Theatre Centre Powys Llandrindod Wells Wales
2010 Multi Media Department Asian University Thailand
2012 Multi Arts Youth Project Director of photography Powys Youth Service Wales
2012 Recycled Note Books & Diaries Glyn Vivian Art Galley Swansea Wales
2012 Creatively Making Celf O Gwmpas Llandrindod Wells Wales
2012 Digital Photography Coleg Powys Ystradgynlais
2011 Musically Making For Wellbeing Powys Mental Health Alliance
2012 Unlayering….. Celf O Gwmpas Llandrindod Wells Wales
2011 Making for Wellbeing Cefn Ceod Psychatric Hospital Swansea Wales
Awards & Commssions
2012 Dai Sharkey Folk Musician Pembrokshire Wales
2012 Arts Council Of Wales Training Grant
2011 Powys Arts Form Trustee Llandrindod Wells Wales