In creating the Metamorphoses series of prints, I was inspired by medieval theories of alchemy – specifically the belief that all forms and substances are essentially mutable and interchangeable when broken down to the level of several core essences. In these works, familiar organic forms (fruits, animals, etc.) are disassembled into abstract solids and reconstituted into new constructs. These transmutations blur the boundaries between the so-called “natural” world and that of human construction and activity, inviting viewers to draw connections between disparate concepts and consider the familiar in a new way.
In Portrait of Infatuation II, I wanted to suggest the dangers that accompany the process by which observation and later rumination on a person, idea, or memory yield to idealization. Taken to their extreme, such acts of veneration can turn individuals into icons, genuine affection to hollow infatuation, and blind us to the here and now.
In Oasis, one landscape is observed from a vantage point outside of time. The desert and the ocean are viewed simultaneously, perhaps across millions of years of geological and climatic change. Which scene represents the future, and the role of the human – agent of monumental change, or onlooker powerless before nature – the observer is invited to decide. These two pieces have a shared focus on the act of observation and its effects on both object and subject.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Eamon Murphy is an artist currently living and working in Fairfield county CT.
Eamon utilizes a combination of traditional media and digital techniques to create his unique prints. Much of Eamon’s work is focused on the relationship and tension between the natural world and the one that humans have constructed for themselves: the attempts we make, with varying success, to impart or preserve a sense of structure, meaning, and enduring legacy on the world. The surreal images he creates—at times drawn from history and literature, at others inspired from his own dreams and experiences—present the viewer with ambiguous associations and metaphors, inviting them to draw and their own interpretations.