Julie Murphy is an artist living and working in Omagh. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1983 with an MA(hons) in Fine Art where she specialized in drawing and painting . Her training put a high value on drawing from life and the study of anatomy and art history and her recent work using wire is an extension of this where the wire becomes a line drawn in space.
She uses themes such as ancient healing myths, in Irish mythology and notably the Greek myth of Chiron that she encountered in Dr Michael Kearney’s autobiographical work ‘Mortally wounded’. The pandemic has created a shared experience of trauma and also a search for new and hopeful realities.
“Trauma" is the Greek word for ‘wound’. Although the Greeks used the term only for physical injuries, nowadays trauma is just as likely to refer to emotional wounds.” (Merriam Webster Dictionary).The reference to ‘memory’ in the title also echoes the artist’s work as an Art Psychotherapist and counsellor and her interest in contemporary advances in neuroscience and her recent training in psychotherapeutic modalities such as Somatic Experiencing and EMDR that refer to the importance of the body and the nervous system in healing. This has also led to the recognition of post-traumatic growth. The later works are inspired by the artwork of the neuroscientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934).