Lisa Murray

Lisa Murray is a photographic artist, educator, and mother living in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. Lisa employs an authentic and innovative approach to photography, exploring the interplay of time, memory, and personal experiences. She uses her own life journey as a lens to navigate and make sense of the world, resulting in a rich and multi-layered artistic expression.

Working within a documentary and conceptual framework, her artistic practice explores themes centred around familial bonds, mortality, dysphoria, and trauma. Lisa has exhibited in Australia and internationally. Her work has been recognised by LensCulture, HeadOn, Photolucida Critical Mass, and the Australian Photography Awards.

In 2018, on a downhill slope, my child put his feet through the spokes of our bicycle, and together we were thrown over the handlebars. My mothering instincts took hold - I wrapped my arms around my baby - taking the impact of the pavement with my head. I woke in a stranger's arms and later learned that my baby came away virtually unscathed.
The hardest part to my recovery was learning to live with concussion, which came with a temporary inability to talk. Put simply, my brain couldn't process thoughts fast enough to string words together.
As my recovery progressed, I realised I had gained a clear understanding of the way my brain functioned. In particular, I understood where it housed trauma, which was fascinating to me.

Unpacking the case of memories I've kept safely buried deep within my mind and delving into the times I've been broken, 'For Parts Not Working' explores and attempts to visually articulate trauma and related PTSD.
Unpacking the case of memories I've kept safely buried deep within my mind.
The series of constructed narratives are composed by combining a textile element to represent a hospital vital signs monitor with photography and mixed media techniques, including collage and sculptural work my children made during the early years, through some of our shared lived experiences.

Drawing from my personal health struggles and near-death experiences, this ongoing body of work is created as a tribute to my brain for the effective filing systems it has created to protect me from myself.
Text Anna Laza
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