About the artist

My art practice explores the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of the complicated and awe-inspiring world we live in – whether through religion, philosophy or science. This tension is expressed in the materials used, whether taut threads of yarn in Between Materials and Mechanisms, (2016), like a loom under tension, or unravelling structures in Indevelopment, (2008).

The work uses the language of textiles. This manifests in the tension across fibres to maintain their structures; small vessels like baskets which nurture, contain and hold; fabric and yarn folding, wrapping, (as captured in the Baroque, such as Bernini’s statue of St Theresa of Avila); knots, such as in large undulating fishing nets, unravelling as tensions dissipate. The work reveals the dynamic complexities of life’s entanglements through abstract drawings and sculptures.

The use of textiles and everyday materials aligns with my interest in womanhood. Drawings of ribbons, such as in the Belief Series, (2020). They are intentionally feminine; embracing this delicate, subtle strength. I take inspiration from powerful and pioneering women who inhabit these qualities.

I draw on philosophies and stories, whether from science, statistics or histories of women in the Catholic church. I excavate alternative stories about knowledge assumptions, and challenging us to ask questions, and embrace positive change.

Art practice: Interviews, text and film

Interview for Degree Show Catalogue, Leeds University (page 13 – 15)
What is Drawing For? Loughborough University Drawing Journal. An essay by Elizabeth Murton
Core Gallery Interview Series by Chantelle Purcell, A Theory of Everything Exhibition

This film was created in 2016 by R&A Collaborations as part of the  Arts Council Funded Between Materials and Mechanisms project.

This cross disciplinary project explored notions of connective tissue – in the body and gallery space – through the language of textiles. Inviting us to think again about this often overlocked but essential fibre, and also asking how it might relate to architecture and the spaces we inhabit.

Copyright © Elizabeth Murton 2021