“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” - Henry Miller
The writer, Henry Miller, says in words, what I attempt to paint. In my painting, I investigate the complexities of these relationships -- be they groups of birds, clusters of stars, or shards of geometric color shapes. Flocks of starlings and the astro-matrixes of stellar constellations are metaphors for the mental maps of our contemporary social networking. I am fascinated by the murmurations of flocking birds and how they shift and pulsate in a collective movement. Each bird’s movement causes a different flock shape to illuminate in the sky, just as each season reveals different star constellations. I paint to reveal the contained energy that repels or attracts one another, to explore how these subtle pattern changes tell us about our relationship to nature and to each other. My use of color and shape investigate this theme of inter-dependency.
Deirdre Murphy, 2015