* Shaelene Murray | Stanley Street Gallery

* Shaelene Murray

Shaelene Murray, Kin Family Portrait, 2019

Shaelene is a conceptual artist with a history of sculpture across a variety of mediums.  Her work articulates her concerns, experiences, history, interactions and observations.  Always from a feminist perspective, and largely referencing the domestic.

She likens conceptual art to a mathematical equation.

Material + design + size + relationship of objects + resulting object = concept.

Her work has layer on layer of meaning, from simple to complex, from childhood memories to bitter inflexible familial and societal expectations.

At first glance the aprons in the “Domestic Amour” series with their delicacy and beauty may take us back to our mother and grandmothers and the warm memories of them in the kitchen providing us with food, love, protection.

However, a deeper examination leads to a multitude of questions and thoughts.  Was the apron amour a woman wore as she protected and nurtured her loved ones or conversely held her loved ones at bay?  Was it a uniform donned to give substance, identity and worth to life role imposed by a patriarchal society?  Was it worn willingly, defiantly, reluctantly or submissively?

The strength of the material juxtaposed with the sensitivity of the subject matter emphasizes the depth, differences and difficulties of relationships within families through feminist lens.

I choose my materials and processes for the readings they impart and the emotional response they trigger. I hope to show that strength and fragility can co-exist, that women are more complex than the labels given by society.

We are encouraged to both enjoy her work and think about the broader concepts embraced within each piece.

Her work is intricate, complex, painstaking and time-consuming.  The pieces that make up “Kin” (Exhibition 9th October – 2nd November 2019) took 6 years from concept to completion.

 I love the strength and the beauty of stainless steel. In a process I call steel on steel embroidery, I have found I can take an industrial product and manipulate it as I would cloth to make a piece of clothing, cutting and hand stitching in the same way. The process is very slow and each major piece, takes months to complete. The slow and intimate construction mimicking the formation of personality.

Shaelene Murray holds a B.A (Vis Art) from SCA, University of Sydney, has had 5 solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions, has been selected as a finalist in national art awards such at the Wynne Art Prize 2013 and the Kennedy Prize 2014, and has work held in international and national collections. Shaelene Murray is represented by Stanley Street Gallery.



Available Sculpture Work


Available Jewellery Work




Solo Exhibition

Shaelene Murray  - Kin 9th October – 2nd November 2019

Shaelene Murray - a tracing of thread 17th Apr – 11th May 2013

Group Exhibitions

On Point 13th - 30th September 2017

Salon of Infectious Ideas - 8th June – 2nd July 2016

Portraits 5th Aug – 29th Aug 2015

Over your head  13th Aug – 6th Sep 2014



Shaelene Murray's sculpture speaks of history, experience, nostalgia, gender and society. She has studied and taught ceramics at ESTC, obtaining a First Class Hons Degree in Visual Arts at SCA in 1995. In 2000 Shaelene was a speaker at the Glass Art Society Conference in New York. She exhibited in 'Soft Sculpture' at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2009 and was a finalist in the Wynne Prize in 2013. An exhibitor of sculpture nationally and internationally, 2016 saw Shaelene longlisted in the Aesthetica Art Prize in the UK, 2017 and 2018 a finalist in both the Deakin Small Sculpture Prize and University of Western Sydney Sculpture Prize respectively.


Shaelene Murray Artist Statement and CV July 2019 (PDF)