‘Forever ‘ explores and celebrates some hidden dimensions and qualities of personal graffiti and declarations of love found carved into the fabric of public furniture, buildings and trees.
Taking very detailed impressions from a wide range of inscriptions, Murphy uses positive and negative mould making processes to emphasise the amazing details, depths and textures of this very primal form of mark-making – to capture them in the magnifying depths of the glass.
Integrating new light technologies with architectural scale architectural scale glass, the inscriptions are transposed into large glass panels which aim to illuminate and memorialise the heartfelt sentiment, indignant rage and utter profanity expressed so succinctly in both public and private spaces.
Large panels of cast inscriptions taken from the flesh of trees, park benches and walls envelop the viewer and offer intimate magnified perspectives from the inside. Smaller scale details may be presented as illuminated plaques and window panels developed for a wide range of public and private contexts.