Samantha Murray

My work is an exploration into the alluring appeal of graphic realism in portraiture and wood supports that suggests the realm of the consumption of natural resources. Using pine – a timber I have identified as most environmentally friendly – I use text to portray the opinions of celebrity environmentalists and qualified scientists. The quotes contrast the accessible
language that celebrities use with the technical voice of the educated scientist. Both voices proactively educate society on environmental change to ensure a healthy future. The Anthropocene signifies a change in the relationship between nature and culture. Through these pairings of pine and portraiture, I intend to create a hybrid space to demonstrate how nature and culture can work together in harmony.

Anthropocene, What Can We Do? 2017, graphite on pine wood, 32 x 280 cm.

Anthropocene, What Can We Do? 2017, detail, graphite on pine wood, 32 x 45 cm.

Anthropocene, What Did You Say? 2017, detail, graphite on pine wood, 23.5 x 32 cm.