The Arc of Ascent and Descent Paula Murray

20 × 40 × 3 inches
50.8 × 101.6 × 7.62 cm

In her Quebec studio, ceramic artist Paula Murray uses her own recipe for porcelain clay that she hand-shapes into beautiful and intricate pieces. Inspired by forms and patterns found in nature, Murray’s work often reflects the deeply spiritual connection between humans and the natural world. In this striking ceramic wall hanging white porcelain strips criss-cross each other to create a complex pattern. The title of the piece ‘ascent and descent’ references a religious term used to describe the human struggle to achieve spiritual perfection. “When I create a porcelain piece, I have to balance the physical and spiritual. You have to respect the material which is the clay and the process it goes through. Each piece I make has been on a journey. Porcelain’s fragility and its strength mirrors human experience and nature.” Paula Murray She has received many honours and international awards and was elected into the RCA in 2006. Murray’s work has been gifted by the Canadian government to dignitaries such as US President George W. Bush and UN Secretary Kofi Annan. Murray’s pieces can be found in private and public collections including the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Banff Centre, the Gardiner Museum, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Official Residence of the Prime Minister in Canada and Canada House in London England.

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