Ben Murphy’s work concerns the intervention and affect of human activity in constructed
space and place. Murphy’s photographs are portraits of built environments which reveal the
identities of those who inhabit or have had a relationship with those places.
He is preoccupied by the notion of impermanence and decay; of buildings, objects, of ourselves.
How do we relate to the world through the things we have around us and how do we express identity
through what we make and what we place around ourselves? How do we attempt to construct permanence
and meaning in our lives where everything is in constant flux? How do we create order,
a sense of security, a sense of power or authority, a sense of individuality or conformity,
a sense of self? His works are melancholic meditations on what Heidegger referred to
as ‘Dessien’: the experience of being in the World.
Ben Murphy says “In making works primarily of habitations devoid of people I encourage
the audience to explore and reflect on our relationships with spaces and objects without being
confronted by or distracted by someone’s gaze.”