British-born artist Tatyana Murray’s (b.1973) work is a commentary on the human condition, our opposing forces and inner contrasts. Her wide range of mediums discusses the throes of the human existence and our desire to balance our own duality. Murray’s work embodies our struggles: strength vs. fragility, order vs. chaos, and complexity vs. opposition, which, when reconciled, can create harmony.
Ghost Series are illuminated, ethereal scenes, which envelop and transport the viewer into the artist’s world. Poetic images consisting of mystical figures, created by an intuitive language are laden with emotional meaning. Through multi-layered, plexi boxes, Murray creates these delicate works by direct contrast; vigorously scratching into each layer. Thus, the viewer is presented with not only the strikingly physical presence of the engraved glass, but also its transient images.
While in Ghost Series Murray harnesses light to refract and contour compositions, her Industrial Nature series plays with the absence of visible light and calls your attention to luminous forms. By integrating cragged, found objects from urban environments with more classical and refined materials, Murray reaches a realization of the ever-changing nature of life creating exuberant and sprawling works. The artist uses abandoned cardboard and wasted paper to recreate honeycomb shapes. Perfect hexagons, the symbol of the most beautiful equation, the Golden Ratio, complete the canvas with visual elegance. She re-appropriates other found objects and balances them with iridescent threads and beads creating harmonious and lush abstract landscapes. While the elements are random and contradictory, Murray weaves these unassociated materials into romantic compositions: creating a perfect balance between order and disorder.
By putting together seemingly opposing media, themes, and images, Murray creates a visual vocabulary of our universal duality. As art critic Roberta Smith wrote of her pieces, “To describe these works as visceral is an understatement, but the adjective would include the involuntary thrill of seeing something forbidden...” Each of the artist series' perfectly marries opposing forces into fantastical compositions.
Murray has exhibited extensively in London, Paris and New York earning her widespread recognition in several publications such as the New York Times, ArtNews and Huffington Post. Group exhibitions include Concepts for New Sculptures at the Guggenheim in Venice, Italy. Her works are in numerous private collections including, New York, London, Barcelona and Dubai.