The distinctive expression of the cognitive or intellectual character of a culture or social group. Following on from the sell-out success of the Oxidations series Murcia made some key observations. His collectors gravitated to the visual experience of a beautifully sculpted object, the physical form instead of the conceptual aspects of the skull. For Murcia, the interest in the human skull lay not only in its form but in its iconic status, the hierarchical positioning within anatomy and its cultural position throughout history. Murcia states, "the skull is the logic, the structure, anchored, steady and enduring". The patinas' extensive exploration and visual success lead Murcia to challenge himself to explore the form. Distorting and scaling up created a discomforting experience of the appearance of the skull. The final pieces command presence and require distance from which to be viewed. From this distance, the viewer is lead to contemplate questions of the mind and its part in forming identity, ideas, ideals, culture, religion, technology, and all that we experience. Eidos reminds us that we can create worlds just by thinking.
Eidos Nature 1-4:
Eidos Nature 1 & 4, embellished with cowhide and sheep's wool, seek to question our complex relationship to nature and farming. Iterations 2 & 3 explore the beauty present in nature at its purest, unmediated by humankind. The black and white feathers explore how indigenous cultures recognise the opposing forces at play in nature and how harmony comes from living with both. This series affords the viewer Murcia's lived experience of residing in NZ.