Niamh Murray

I am  interested in journey’s and journeying.  In this series of
work entitled ‘Panspermia’, I explore the question not of our
origins but of where we might be headed. Panspermia is the
theory or hypothesis that life on the earth originated from
microorganisms or chemical precursors of life present in outer
space which were transported to earth from elsewhere in the
universe via asteroids, comets and so forth.
These microorganisms are able to initiate life on reaching a
suitable environment, such as planet earth.

I  have suspended rocks and fossils within the vacuum of a
bell-jar as homage to those who have gone into space, written
about space or dared to dream of other worlds or life forms.
These specimens themselves represent just how little we still
know about the wonders of our own planet, our solar system
and beyond, offering great hope and excitement for
utopian day dreaming.

“It’s that surreal moment when you think of yourself standing
on the surface of the earth and you draw your imaginations
eye above the planet, to the stratosphere above and then
out to the farther reaches of the cosmos extending into the
Milky Way and beyond.  There is a shift in your conscious
being ,which causes you to question the present moment and
everything revolving within it. “


Niamh is an Irish born South East London based artist & secondary school art teacher. Niamh works in a range of media and especially drawing, whether that be using different materials to draw onto or drawing with light through Photography. Dreaming, journeying and crossing the threshold are all themes in the work.