Artist's statement

My ceramic figures are based on an exploration of the complexities of communication. They reflect my enduring fascination with the human face. Speech does not always convey fully what we might need or wish to say. Communications sometimes can be better achieved in other ways. For example, we might communicate more effectively by the use of certain signs, symbols or masks with which we choose to adorn our bodies. A mask may release different energies, emotions and behaviours in the wearer.

I continue to ask myself: "How do we connect our inner and outer personae? And how might we understand the discord between the two? I continuously look at the duality of human existence. What the artist Paul Klee (1925) described as half winged and half imprisioned. To this end, I am always seeking to contact  - and illustrate - the invisible mind, character and soul of my figures.” 

Accordingly, my figures are not meant to portray physiological accuracy. Rather, each piece is trying to express - however imperfectly - an understanding of the human condition. Through my figures I seek to communicate strength and tenderness as well as physical vulnerability.

My inspiration comes not only from looking directly at people but also from studying human representations across a very wide range of objects from medieval stone carvings to ancient African sculptures. My work is constantly evolving. This is reflected both in the sculptural figures themselves and in the several different visual metaphors and related symbols that I choose to employ.

Claire Murray 

March 2018                                                                                                                                               © Claire Murray 2019