About the Artist
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.
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
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.
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
2022. 'No Trespassing! The Art and Politics of Walking in New South Wales: The Walks, The Exhibitions and the Book.'
presented 6 July at the Walking Art and Relational Geographies conference, Girona/Olot/Vic and
3 August at the National Art School, Art Forum
'No Trespassing! The Art and Politics of Walking in New South Wales,' designed by Claire Orrell.
published by and available from the artist
2017 'Walking and Walking Art,' 24 May, Croakey.org,
'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,