September — October 2023
Sharon Murphy is a lens-based artist whose work investigates the boundaries between the seen/unseen, fictive/real, conscious/(sub)liminal. Drawing on a background in theatre and informed by concepts in magic realism and psychoanalysis, recurring motifs in her work include: theatre curtains; carousels; performative sites; embodied/disembodied staged spaces. Recent exhibitions include: Royal Hibernian Academy, Annual Exhibition Dublin (invited artist); National Gallery of Ireland (Print and Drawing Gallery); Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast. She is a member of the Shelter Artists’ Collective (Irl).
During her residency she will develop a series of photographs based on Parisian Carousels and other sites of performance, using as a starting point Freud’s notion of the uncanny: that class of terrifying which leads back to something long known to us, once very familiar.