Over 12 years, Murphy invited a wide range of participants around the UK and internationally to donate casts of their kisses and intimate spaces to her project. These were collected through her infamous participatory ‘kiss-in’ events, private casting sessions and postal open calls. The resulting sculptural series of casts were then developed as glass sculptures which captured these moments of intimacy inside icy blocks of optical glass-in an attempt to visualise and memorialise shapes and spaces of sensual experience and contact.
Each casts is transformed through a series of mould-making processes into a range of positive and negative forms which stand alone or fit together in union.
Murphy uses the magnifying qualities of glass to offer new ways of looking at and exploring the spaces and experiences of intimacy and desire to present a unique survey of the strangely alien forms and insides of our bodies- in ways what we mostly only ever imagine.
A small publication has been produced to accompany the first exhibition of this work at The Gallery at Arts University College at Bournemouth in partnership with Artsway. This booklet includes commissioned essays from world renowned philosopher Luce Irigary, sexologist Leonore Tiefer and artist Alistair Gentry and is available to order from firstname.lastname@example.org and The Gallery at Arts University College at Bournemouth.
The development of this project has been kindly supported by an individual artist award from ACE, a mid career bursary from artsadmin, Artsway , an AA2A artist residency at Plymouth College of Art and Design, the text+work programme at Arts University College at Bournemouth , Dartington Glass and production and exhibition support toward its subsequent presentation at The Wellcome Collection in 2011.