Amass Large

More Works By Paula Murray Porcelain 2024
58 × 21 × 14 in 147.32 × 53.34 × 35.56 cm

About Amass Large

Amass is an elegant new series by ceramicist Paula Murray of contemporary wall art created during a recent residency and solo exhibition in China called 'Mes Mains, Mon Coeur'. The form references an ancient method of recording information both secular and spiritual…the scroll. Each scroll is made from a customized clay recipe Murray mixes herself. The fine fissures on the surface of each scroll are created by inserting fibreglass filaments into the wet porcelain clay before firing. In this large piece, ten creamy white scrolls float on the wall—each one overlapping another designed to suggest an intriguing narrative.

“I am interested in multiple ways in which we acquire and pass down knowledge. When I roll a porcelain slab into the form of a scroll a mysterious language appears. Like revelatory texts, there are so many layers of meaning to discover, interpret, and appreciate. How do we discern truth from spin? Fired in clay, the writing stays true, it cannot be tampered with, transformed into a set of alternate facts. Floating on the wall, these compositions are not neat and tidy, but invite a reading between the lines.” Paula Murray

Born in Ottawa, Paula Murray studied science at the University of Ottawa and ceramics at Sheridan College. Elected to the International Academy of Ceramics (2017) and the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts (2006) she has based her full-time studio practice from Meech Lake, in Gatineau Park since 1980.

Exhibiting in prestigious exhibitions in Canada, Italy, China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Portugal, Romania and the USA, she has received several awards and creation grants. In 2021, Paula Murray was awarded one of the highest honours granted by the Quebec government in recognition of an exceptional career in the arts—the Prix d’excellence from le Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec.

Public collections include the World Korean Ceramic Foundation Museum, Yingge Ceramic Museum, Taiwan, Museum of Ceramics, Faenza Italy, Canada House, London, UK, and in Canada the Gardiner Museum, Museum of History, and Art Bank.