Approved: 21.12.2011

Sheree Murphy

Artist, Community worker

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Approved: 21.12.2011

My medium is photography, I specialise in the traditional process of taking a photograph and the darkroom printing process being analogue photography. Like my medium my subject and interests represent an historical and nostalgic approach. My current project Nurtured in Concrete form began when I started photographing my Grandfather's home who had passed away in 2005. I was curious to learn more about

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  • Location: South Wales, Wales
  • Activities: Adult education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Arts in health, Community arts
 

Biography

My medium is photography, I specialise in the traditional process of taking a photograph and the darkroom printing process being analogue photography. Like my medium my subject and interests represent an historical and nostalgic approach. My current project Nurtured in Concrete form began when I started photographing my Grandfather's home who had passed away in 2005. I was curious to learn more about my Grandfather of whom I knew very little of at the time. By photographing his home the project and collection gathered momentum and became a catharsis for historical regression into my family's past uncovering secrets, sexuality, religion, illness and emigration, relating to my family's ancestral roots in Southern Ireland and the impact of the potato famine of 1845. Nurtured in Concrete Form is a therapeutic collection of past life regression taking photographic form. The element of nostalgia and reflection have played an influential role to my artist practice that have coincided with my gravitas and great interest in the arts as a form of therapy and aiding health and wellbeing. Photographers that have been influential to the theory and challenges of my practice; Walker Evans and Dorothea Lang and the challenges they faced when recording the great depression and contemporary artist Rozanne Hawksley with her intimate subjects of loss and identity.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2012 - Art Therapy Foundation, BAAT, Manchester 2007 - PGCE In Further Higher Education, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea 2003 - Photography In The Arts BA (Hons), Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea Group exhibitions 2012 - Parallax AF, Soho, New York 2012 - Showcase-Cities, Bethnal Green, London 2012 - Unlayering............., Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells, Wales 2011 - Parallex, Mayfair, London 2011 - Slice Of Art - Powys Arts Month, Hours Gallery, Brecon 2011 - This Unfolds, Ffotogallery, Penarth Artist talks 2011 - Powys Arts Form AGM, Theatre Centre Powys, Llandrindod Wells, Wales Workshops 2013 - ArtsEngine - Artist Showcase, Hay Festival, Hay On Wye 2012 - Creative Workshops, Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells, Wales 2012 - Digital Photography, Coleg Powys, Ystradgynlais 2011 - Musically Making For Wellbeing, Powys Mental Health Alliance, Llandrindod Wells, Wales Residencies 2012 - Unlayering............., Celf O Gwmpas, Llandrindod Wells, Wales 2011 - Making for Wellbeing, Cefn Ceod Psychatric Hospital, Swansea Competitions, prizes and awards 2012 - Arts Council Wales Training Grant, Art Therapy Foundation BAAT, Manchester 2011 - Powys Arts Form Trustee, Llandrindod Wells, Wales