ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mollie Murphy is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design with a BA of Education and Fine Art, Print.
Currently based in County Monaghan, her interdisciplinary work ranges across the mediums of print making, drawing and installation.
Mollies work is predominantly inspired by the beauty of the natural world in which we live in. Focusing on the negative effect of human consumption and activity on the planet, she looks to draw attention to the disruption of the natural world that is caused by our actions.
It is proposed that we have entered a new epoch - the Anthropocene, viewed as the period during which humans are the biggest inscribing force on our planet. Through her work Mollie calls attention to the impact that human intervention has had on our environment. She is interested in the connections and networks that are invisible to us, but that are imperative for the sustainability of the planet.
Mycelium networking systems play a huge role in the ecosystem of a forest. This invisible networking system connects tree roots together supplying nutrients required for a flourishing forest, also known as the ‘wood wide web’.
Within this context her work examines the impact that deforestation has had on my homeland Castleshane, Co. Monaghan.
The concept “solastalgia”, which describes the existential distress caused by climate change and human intervention, informs the work throughout.