Originally, these were compression cylinders from trains, now they represent boats reminiscent of Noah’s Ark. In a metaphorical sense they represent the idea of survival. A sanctuary not only from floods and tsunamis such as we have seen this year, but protection from a toxic environment. The vessels are cradled as if floating, by steel ribs .The strength of cast iron is reminiscent of ancient strength.
Ro Murray’s art practice is based on an appreciation of unaltered nature especially in regard to the changing circumstances of our environment. As a recent graduate (BFA Honours), she combines awareness from her background as architect with sculpture assemblages and site responsive installations through transforming found materials and objects. The work makes recognition of how much we produce and use.
This year Ro Murray won the Women on Boards Art Prize, highly commended in the Muswellbrook Art Prize and a finalist in the Willoughby Sculpture prize, Sculptures in the Gaol (South West Rocks), In-situ Festival of Mosman, Hidden: Rookwood Cemetery, Adelaide Perry Drawing prize and Sculpture at Sawmillers Reserve (2010).