Aileen Murphy | Wormhole

Cabinet space at Galeria Pelaires.

Aileen Murphy presents Wormhole, her first solo exhibition in Palma de Mallorca,
curated by Cristina Anglada for the Cabinet space at Galeria Pelaires.

In the field of physics, a wormhole (also known as Einstein-Rosen bridge) is a
hypothetical structure connecting disparate points in spacetime by means of a throat through which matter could travel from one end to the other.

Space, time, surface, matter and the universe are topics that Aileen explores in her paintings, mainly through color and the gestural application thereof. The oil paintings brought together for this show could function as gates through which to enter and witness scenes that occur in different spatial and temporal locations. The possible subject dilutes in a myriad of flashes that suggest memories, dream images or fragments of a sensory experience. Color becomes matter, embodying cavernous tunnels, toboggan legs, sketched landscapes, gaps and anatomical contortions. Pieces in which the background and the figure merge at a certain temperature and degree of humidity. Reality melts into shreds of color.

Aileen Murphy (1984) is an Irish artist based in Berlin, and who has developed an
exuberant and audacious approach over the years. She embraces intensity as a driver of action, and her studio experiments seem to model a complex euphoria. The way she uses color is energetic and seemingly chaotic and loud. Prussian blue, radiant lemon, vermilion red, dioxazine purple, manganese blue, warm grey, Persian rose or titanium white create their own choreography on each canvas. They splash, sound, taste and smell. Color acts as a vehicle that has a story that it carries wide open on its shoulders. A vocabulary of its own that offers diverse interpretations, from the mythology of its origins to its physicality, its emotional or psychological story, or the relationship with the senses and its sensuality.

8 June 2023