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Photograph, Fell, 2005 Bethany Murray (1971-)

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This photograph is from a series of work called Performance Pieces: Interior/Landscape and is numbered two from an edition of five prints. Bethany is a photographer and performance artist. She describes this work as a performance photograph. She took this photograph using her own body dressed in red in the fells near Hallbankgate, Cumbria, close to the English/ Scottish border.

She says; ‘Fell isn’t a self-portrait, even though I use my body, it is about women’s stories in general. Its meaning is about rebirth, as symbolized by the colour red and a new story emerging. It refers to landscape painting and the depiction of women in history of art'

Bethany Murray is a great great granddaughter of Pre-Raphaelite painter George Howard, 9th Earl of Carlisle (1845-1911). She obtained a BA (Hons) in Theatre from Dartington College of Arts (1995) and MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martin’s (2007). She exhibits in the UK and abroad.

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  • Performance photograph by artist and photographer Bethany Murray

Curator: Melanie

Fine and Decorative Art

I’m responsible for the art collections in the museum which cover fine art (paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sculpture) dating from 1650

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