What inspires your art practice?
My art comes from Nature and the natural surroundings as I was growing up. The shapes of waves, landforms, especially
the naturally carved outcrops and cliffs bordering the sea fascinate me. I enjoy infusing a sense of motion and visibility into my artwork with wires and with patterns in the permanent Titanium patinas.
I often get the feeling that nature has a knack of forming things in perfect balance and even if not, then the tension perceived can be something for me to pursue.
What materials do you work in?
Titanium, stainless steel, copper, brass, ancient swamp kauri, carbon fibre, polyglass composite, number 8 fencing wire, recycled hardwoods.
Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Wind Whisperer is an example of my attempting to capture the essence of a natural force without incorporating the force itself. The leaves may appear to be blown along by the invisible wind, as the attaching wires curve down, implying acceleration.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Some other examples of my work can be seen on Facebook: Murray Swan Artist