Shannon Alexander Murphy


Inspired by the Japanese tradition of Suminagashi, an ancient technique of Japanese marbling that originated in the 12th century, Murphy’s Underwater Paintings apply the chance effects of ‘floating ink’ in a bath of water to create marbled patterns on large- scale canvasses.

The unique and highly visceral process of this method raises important questions regarding artistic authorship and the agency of matter, and how a non-anthropocentric relationship to the natural elements can be embraced through artistic practice.

Live installation during berlin biennial:
Saturday June 23rd, 6pm – 8pm.