Eden Unearthed welcomes Ainslie back to Eden Gardens with another work in this special place under the Scribbly Gums trees. Her first installation House for a Lost Tree was in the inaugural exhibition of Eden Unearthed back in 2016, and she has been chosen as a finalist in subsequent years. Her other installations have included Humane Hostilities, Sentinel Ledge and Road Trip.
This year Ainslie Murray has had her work titled The Rocks selected. It invites audiences to consider the way in which they read and mark landscapes. Alphabets formed with tent pegs are arranged and photographed to form hidden texts, which, in the manner of a word search puzzle, can be discovered. The work has its origins in the Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory, and provokes thought around the territorialisation, custodianship, and temporality of the land.
Ainslie Murray is an interdisciplinary artist and academic trained in architecture. Her work explores the augmentation of architectural space through subtle realisations of forgotten and intangible spatial forces. The atmosphere and its relation to lived experience are areas of special interest which have focused her practice-led research for over 15 years. Her work ranges from large-scale immersive installations and constructions to film, painting, textiles and printed works. Her principal interest is in forms of space-making that often escape attention, including the ephemeral, minimal and immaterial forms of architecture.
Ainslie was awarded her PhD in Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, in 2011. She has lived in Adelaide, London and Munich and is now based in Sydney. Her work has been exhibited throughout Australia and Internationally in Canada, China, Denmark, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Portrait of Ainslie Murray by Brian Rapsey in front of her work Road Trip on install day
Image of The Rocks, by Jack Mounsey
Larapinta Trail, image by artist
House for a Lost Tree, Image by Iann Hobbs