Ben Murray

Region: Midwest

I’m interested in the potential of an image to convey a specific experience. This has led me to produce paintings that are taken from my personal experiences and pose as vernacular symbols. Creating images strictly from memory, I build relationships with the surface of each work, remaining undistracted by other sources of instruction. As the original internal source is constantly shifting and fleeting in my memory bank, the work reveals layers of attempts to depict the image as it appears. The observations I make outside the studio changes what I reflect inside it. Outside, I move forward, age, interact, and change my mind—I’m concerned with my place in society. Inside the studio, I’m isolated. I look backward, react, and reflect on wide spans of time. I embody historical experience.