* Shaelene Murray | Stanley Street Gallery

* Shaelene Murray

At its inception, the Heirloom series was founded on the humorous collision of evolutionary theory and fashion. At its ending, these two pieces 'Blossom' (2013) and 'Feather' (2014), in their own evolutionary process, stand as witness to the potential of the girl child.

Made from stainless steel, the works' delicacy and beauty belies their strength. The unwary audience is tempted to acknowledge only the surface or skin of these two girls. Their beauty and their conformity is as metaphorical as steel-these traits socially compel, restrain and support the ideal of 'beautiful' skin.

An evolutionary viewer might choose to look deeper and perceive the multiple layers, the beauty of potential, of intelligence, creativity and strength.

 

Portraits 5th August - 29th August 2015

'Feather' is the sculpture of a young woman, a teenager on the brink of maturity. Feather's beauty, allied with her making, is a multi layered process. As viewers, we may be socially complicit in acknowledging only her immediate physical presence. Do we have the foresight to look to each 'stitch' invested in her make up and see her hidden beauty? The work asks us to recognise the complexity of potential; that awe and wonder of the self Feather may become when she has the ability and strength to fly.

At its inception, the Heirloom series was founded on the humorous collision of evolutionary theory and fashion. At its ending, these two pieces 'Blossom' (2013) and 'Feather' (2014), in their own evolutionary process, stand as witness to the potential of the girl child.

Made from stainless steel, the works' delicacy and beauty belies their strength. The unwary audience is tempted to acknowledge only the surface or skin of these two girls. Their beauty and their conformity is as metaphorical as steel-these traits socially compel, restrain and support the ideal of 'beautiful' skin.

Over Your Head - 13th August - 6th September 2014

 

Shaelene Murray - 'Extensions' Series, Sterling Silver, Stainless Steel, coloured 'special elastic bands - $500 (far left), $1500 (top), $2700 (far right)

Shaelene Murray - 'Extensions' Series, Sterling Silver, Stainless Steel, coloured 'special elastic bands - $500 (far left), $1500 (top), $2700 (far right)

 

A Tracing of Thread -Shaelene Murray - 17th April – 11th May 2013 - Click here for more information on the exhibition

 

 

Education

1992-1995 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours, First Class) Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
1991Creative Jewellery, Randwick TAFE, Sydney NSW
1988Post-Certificate, Ceramics, East Sydney TAFE, NSW
1987Ceramics Certificate, East Sydney TAFE, NSW

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013   A Tracing of Thread, Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst NSW  2010
2005 Bouquet, La Trobe Regional Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2005 Iconic Inversion, Glass Art Society Conference, Lions Art Centre, Adelaide, South Australia
1998 Home on the Range, Centre for Contemporary Craft, Customs House, Sydney, NSW
1995 New Professional Grant Exhibition, Craftspace, The Rocks, Sydney NSW

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014  Finalist Kennedy Prize - SA
2013  Wynne Prize – finalist, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2009 Soft Sculpture, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
2004 Sister Sister, Lake Macquarie Regional Gallery, Lake Macquarie, NSW
2003 City of Hobart Art Prize, Hobart TAS
2002 Bag that! Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie, NSW
2002 Guild Unlimited, touring to Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh UK for the Craft in the Twenty First Century; Theorising Change and Practice conference
1998 Past Tense – Future Perfect, National Emerging Artists’ Show, Craft West and Fremantle Arts Centre for Contemporary Craft, Customs House, Sydney NSW
1992 Wearable Glass, Asa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1991 Fifth International Triennial of Ceramics, Sopot, Poloan
1990 National Ceramics Award Exhibition, Canberra, ACT

Collections

East Sydney Technical College
International and National Private Collections Many Gallery, NSW
The Barbara and Oscar Feldman Collection, Detroit, MI, USA

Career Development

2000   Emerging Artist, Speaker, Glass Art Society of America Conference, Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York, USA