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Cara Murphy

Cara Murphy

Meet the Artist

Born: 1969
Place of Birth: Northern Ireland

Cara Murphy trained at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. She applies traditional silversmithing techniques to craft innovative and sculptural functional silver tableware, which is inspired by the natural environment, creating a silver landscape for the dining table.

“Using traditional silversmithing techniques the work addresses the concept of a silver landscape that challenges the boundaries of functional silver tableware. The sculptural silver forms aim to challenge the users’ established knowledge of silverware by not alwayshaving an obvious function and questions the user’s perception of function.The use of silver evokes a sense of ritual and ceremony. Functionality has always been a fundamental aspect of the work and for several pieces this is the driving force behind it. Working with a variety of materials, predominately silver, the work investigates the organic grown form.” Cara Murphy

Public Collections include:

Aberdeen Art Gallery, Arts Council an Chomhairle Ealaion, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, National Museum of Ireland, Queens University Collection Belfast, St. Anne’s Cathedral Belfast, The Silver Trust Collection at 10 Downing Street, Ulster Museum Belfast, Shipley Art Gallery and the Irish Embassy Collection.

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