“My interest in the relationship between the mind and the body initially drew me to studying science. But I had such a powerful visceral reaction to working with clay that I altered the course of my studies.
I am interested in the resilience of the human spirit, and how we choose to engage with the stresses experienced in our environment, our relationships, ourselves. As a material, porcelain undergoes a remarkable transformation as it dries and is fired. The cracking and movement of the porcelain in my process, captures a physical entity in transition. It is the result of the tension between clay dug from the earth and industrially made fiberglass I embed into it. I respond to the changes in form and energy that takes place as the porcelain dries, finding meaning in the movement, the spaces created.
Much of my imagery is inspired by observing the forces of nature, the complex patterns and relationships in the world around me. I use my relationship with process and material as a metaphor to investigate our perception of the nature of reality.
Paula Murray attended Sheridan College and the Banff School of Fine Arts, diving into the rich history of ceramics, learning about the role that clay serves as a cultural marker, enriching life on the domestic front as well as for expression.
Since 1980 he has had dozens of solo exhibitions, received awards for her work and grants for special projects. She has presented at international ceramics symposiums and in 2017 was a guest artist aboard Canada C3 sailing to the high Arctic, A Canada 150th Legacy Project.
Public Collections include: World Ceramic Exposition Foundation (Korea), International Museum of Ceramics (Italy), Canadian Museum of History, Canada Council Art Bank , Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, City of Ottawa, Art Gallery of Burlington, The Banff Centre, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, The Prime Ministers Official Residence and Rideau Hall, Ottawa.