Éimear Murphy (°1998, Wexford, Ireland). I mainly work with painting. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic, I try to increase the dynamic between the audience and the author. I do this by objectifying emotions and investigate the duality of development through different interpretations.
By using popular themes such as sexuality and family structure, I try to develop forms that don’t follow logical criteria. My works never show complete structure. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the human drama in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life.
My works refer to pop culture. My work deals with the documentation of events and the question of how they can be presented, a world where light-heartedness rules and where rules are undermined is created. By choosing mainly formal solutions, I consider making art a craft by executing it’s use of clear formal rules and referring to social reality. This is of great importance and bears witness to great craftsmanship.
I am inspired by makeup artists on Instagram that create extravagant works of art on their eyes, lips, face and even their whole body and hair. The reason I feel compelled to do the same is because I want to move away from the traditional art practices, traditional in a sense of putting paint, albeit acrylic or oil on canvas or paper, but rather, using my own face as the canvas and the makeup products and brushes as paint.