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Kate Murphy

Kate Murphy’s work, The note, was conceived when she read a distant relative's suicide letter.  Murphy asked composer, Basil Hogios, to develop a musical composition based on every word written in this letter.  The result is a single channel video installation encompassing quadraphonic sound of Hogios’ musical composition performed by a mezzo-soprano to an empty theatre.

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Kate Murphy 
The note 
Digital video still
Single channel HD video installation 
with 5.1 surround stereo sound 
10 mins 30 sec 
Courtesy the artist and BREENSPACE, Sydney
© Kate Murphy, 2010


KATE MURPHY b.1977, Queanbeyan, New South Wales.  Lives and works in Sydney.  Has an MFA, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney (2005) and a BA (Visual) (Honours), Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra (1999).  Solo exhibitions include The note, BREENSPACE (2010), Cry me a future, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra (2009); Rehearsal, Virgin Mary Church, Dublin, Ireland (2007); Placing the Camera, Performance Space, Sydney (2005).  Recent group exhibitions include 

TWMA Contemporary 2010, TarraWarra Museum of Art; Vocal Thoughts, Contemporary Art Centre South Australia (CACSA); Tele-Vision Eyes, Penrith Regional Art Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (2010); Video Swell, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2009), What I Think About When I Think About Dancing, Campbelltown Arts Centre, (2009), Rising Tide: Films and Video Works from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA (2009), Song of Sirens, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2009); Contemporary Australia: Optimism, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2008).  Awards and residencies include New Work Grant (Established), Visual Arts/Craft Board, Australia Council for the Arts (2008/2010); Greene Street, New York Residency, Australia Council for the Arts (2007); 2004 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, NSW Ministry for the Arts (2004). Represented by BREENSPACE, Sydney.