About the Artist

Artist Statement

        I am intrigued by the artistic, sensory, speculative and critical potential the physical activity of walking brings to art. I use a variety of media to evoke the complex interactions and relationships that are intrinsic to walking. Walking crosses paths with numerous disciplines and allows me to express my diverse interests that include art, literature, philosophy, theology, and the dramatic arts.

        I am an ‘unintentional migrant’ to Australia. I left the USA in 1988 for an anticipated five-year residence in this country and continue to live here. Despite having two passports I experience a chronic sense of transience and impermanence; I am not at home in either country. Walking as an artist gives me a way to explore and express these themes.

        From 2013-16 I returned to the academic sphere to complete a BFA at the National Art School and Honours at UNSW School of Art and Design in Sydney. This experience enriched my arts practice with new studio skills, deepened my conceptual thinking about art, extended my research skills and introduced me to Walking Art. I work as an independent artist and support my art practice by teaching in a local high school. I have a lifelong commitment to the arts and many years of working as an artist in a variety of media.

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CV

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

2016                 Honours, First Class. UNSW Art & Design, NSW

2013-15            Bachelor of Fine Arts. National Art School, Sydney, NSW

2010                 Accreditation at Professional Competence. NSW Institute of Teachers

1991                 Graduate Diploma of Education. University of Adelaide

1986-88            Masters of Arts & Humanities. State University of New York at Buffalo

1981-85            Masters of Divinity. Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA

1977-81            Bachelor of Arts. State University of New York at Geneseo

ARTIST

      Solo Exhibitions

2021                 Walking with Intent, Gaffa Art Gallery, 24 June-2 August

2018                 No Trespassing: The Art and Politics of Walking in New South Wales,

Articulate Project Space, upstairs, 29 June-8 July.

Constellations Made by Walking, Factory 49, 9-19 May.

     Group Exhibitions

2022                 Decade Show, per.doc, Articulate Project Space, 4-20 Feb [Walk in the Gallery]

2021                 Articulate Turns 11, Articulate Project Space, 11-19 Dec [#walkinginthecity]

2020                 Frolic-Freeze, Articulate Project Space, 24 Jan-3 Feb [Walk in the Gallery]

                New Views Poster Project, King Street, Newtown, June-Dec.  https://www.wendymurray.com.au/new-views-posters

Articulate Turns 10, Articulate Project Space, 29 Dec-3 Jan [It’s All Happened…]

2019                 Articulate Turns 9, Articulate Project Space, 6-22 Dec [Walking Holiday (?)]

2018                 Articulate Turns 8, Articulate Project Space, 13-28 Dec [Postcards from Home]

                Small Sculpture, Factory 49 [Six Lines Made by Walking]

2017                 Rot, Factory 49 [Walks with Grief]

2016                 The Annual Exhibition, The UNSW School of Art and Design

2015                 The National Art School Graduate Exhibition

               The Habit of Seeing, The National Art School, Sydney, NSW

2014                 Cognoscenti, Home@735, Sydney, NSW.

2003, ’07          Finalist, The Mosman Art Prize, Mosman, NSW.

2002                 Finalist, Salon des Refusee, S.H. Ervine gallery, Sydney, NSW.

     Publications and Presentations

2017     Walking and Walking Art, 24 May, Croakey.org, https://croakey.org/join-us-this-saturday-for-some-walk-talk-and-artistic-reflections-croakeygo/

No Trespassing: The Art and Politics of Walking in New South Wales, aka Searching for Windradyne’s Walk 2018, presentation at the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference and consequent interview with Nicky Page for Radio Adelaide: http://www.walkingandcycling.com.au/step-away-from-the-car/. 17-18 July, Adelaide, SA.

2018     No Trespassing: The art and politics of walking in New South Wales, 6 April, Croakey.org,

https://croakey.org/no-trespassing-the-art-and-politics-of-walking-from-sydney-to-bathurst-nsw/.