“The heart of my practice is concerned with transformation. Rooted in the relationship between process, material and meaning, I am drawn to how clay and ceramic processes have affinities with the human condition.
Clay vessels have a long history and can be read as a metaphorical symbol of life, bridging nature and culture. I am interested in the exchange of energy that is essential to life, be it intrinsic or extrinsic. Forces at the molecular level that attracts or repels particles of clay are invisible to the eye, but the effects are apparent. As in life, the forces that shape us are not always visible but we are transformed none the less.
Sometimes it is through being cracked open that we are put back together with more interest, depth and character. I induce movement in my cast porcelain forms through the juxtaposition of clay and surface-veil fibre glass. I am manipulating and responding to the work as the stress twists and cracks my forms as they dry. As I work in concert with these changes, I am testing the limits of endurance and resilience within the form of the porcelain vessel. Over several firings I develop surfaces evocative of skin, pulsating veins, muscles, flaws, and scars.
In creating these works I am concerned with how we respond and engage with the injury of experience – within, with each other, with the other. I believe that by embracing wounds, deeper meaning can be brought to our lives, transforming suffering into something worthy, sensuous and beautiful.”
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.