About Anna Murfin

There is an overriding theme that tends to run through my work regardless of what avenue I am exploring: inspiration from the beauty of the imperfect, the impermanent, and the incomplete.  A memory fragment of a dream that never once was. The serene melancholy and understated elegance of a well-worn surface, the beautiful fragility of a rusty object. An act of beautiful redemption, not a restoring of anything that once was here, but taking the inspiration of a broken past and using it to make something beautiful and new. Shadows of treasured preciousness can be read on the surface of an object’s passage through time, thus transforming mundane materials into strange, foreign objects.

When an item or idea is removed from its usual context or usage and adapted to another form, it presents a cognitive dissonance which, at the most basic level, can contribute to feelings of disassociation or unease. All ideas and thought process are generated by human imagination, and are based on personal experience. The images and entities generated arise from the imaginer’s mind, borrowing from the rich text of a heritage, which may be left more or less coherent, or ruined and disassembled into a new discourse with a completely different meaning. By taking objects or ideas out of context and incorporating new, nontraditional elements, it is possible to transform and create in a different way, observing the obscure and creating the desire to dignify the undignified.