Our Sculptors

Melissa Pierce Murray MRSS

Melissa Pierce Murray uses a tactile engagement with materials- forged or cast metals, carved wood and stone, ice and clay- to explore boundaries between interior and exterior worlds, juxtaposing an emotional response against intellectually and culturally constructed narratives.
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Installation / Land / Site-specific
Mixed media
South East

Informed by poetry, physics and dance, Murray's work reflects an interest in the process of thinking through making, often examining the resilience and vulnerability of the body in relation to objects, environments or other bodies. She uses materials ranging from steel, stone and wood, to ice, bubble-wrap, or found objects, to create pieces simultaneously alluring, precarious and unsettling.

Exhibitions and commissions include Into Boundless Space I Leap (2016), curated by Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, and Breaking Boundaries, a live art installation combining sculpture, dance, and video, commissioned for the Passion for Knowledge 2016 Science Festival in San Sebastian, Spain. Her works featured in the 2014 Quantum performance at the MACBA Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona and in 2016, Murray received a Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award and was selected for the Contemporary Visual Arts Network / Museums at Night mentoring program. Public commissions included works for the Rosie Maternity Hospital in Cambridge, and Eastleigh City Council in Hampshire. She holds a BA in English Literature and Physics from the University of Colorado, and an MA Fine Arts (distinction) from Norwich University of the Arts.

She runs Drawing on Science workshops at the NanoDoctoral Training Center at the University of Cambridge, and is currently developing a four-part series of studio and environmental installations entitled Danger: 2017, exploring the precarious resilience she sees in how humans relate to physical environments and to each other around the globe.