The artist begins with a canvas or plywood surface and laboriously applies plaster, acrylic, oil, ink, paper and graphite layers. This process achieves a distinctly rich, subtle and shifting texture. The viewer senses the uncertainty and contradiction inherent in memory and perception, and her reluctance to commit to a definite and final moment. The physicality of Muirhead’s work reflects the visceral complications of our experiences.
“The intricacies and anomalies that occur with persistent layering are deeply compelling. I love how the viewing is affected by the light, one’s mood and interpretations of the text. I am interested in the tension, in life and in art, between change and permanence; and why we reject or internalize particular beliefs”.
“In creating a piece, I am motivated by the pursuit of beauty and an eventual resolution. Often, I incorporate texts that are personal narratives or transcriptions of actual experiences. As a piece progresses there is a revelation of intimate truth or aesthetic knowledge that allow me a respite from the past and the future”.