Hidden Words II,  36 x 12", 2021, porcelain scrolls mounted on canvas.
Hidden Words,  36 x 12", 2021, porcelain scrolls mounted on canvas, detail.
Hidden Words,  36 x 12", 2021, porcelain scrolls mounted on canvas.

Paula Murray

Regular price $1,000.00
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Hidden Words II, the controlled resonance of a trio of porcelain torn-edged scrolls.  Wall-mounted, 36 x 12", 2021, the porcelain scrolls are mounted on gray-blue canvas.

Artist Statement

"I have been making scrolls and working on ideas associated with sources of knowledge. 

In Mesopotamia, trade records were written in clay and then fired so the information could not be altered. Nowadays, we associate scrolling with a way of moving through large amounts of information on a screen. Our challenge is to separate fact from fiction, truth from spin. Scrolls have recorded spiritual texts that have influenced the moral fabric of civilization for millennia. With the explosion of scientific knowledge since the Enlightenment, over time many in our society have lost confidence in spiritual institutions and have moved away from these sources of guidance.

Lines emerge on each scroll I make, and once fired in the kiln, they cannot be manipulated. They evoke a language that needs decoding. The thread that binds cannot hold the circle. I see a moral urgency in our time calling us to examine the connection between two fundamental sources of knowledge: scientific and spiritual."

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