Q & A with Artist Imogen Murray
Imogen Murray is an Australian-based artist whose work focuses on the human body. From painting, to photography, to film, Imogen's art is pushing boundaries and exploring how we view the natural, naked human body. We spoke to Imogen about her latest projects and where she wants to take her work in the future.
Where do you call home?
Pittwater in New South Wales, Australia
You’re an artist who works with a lot of mediums; do you have a favourite?
No I don’t! I like to change it up time to time. It keeps me interested and I try to push myself and learn something new.
What is ‘Humans Of The Nude’ and when did that project begin?
It started as a place to keep my nude loving stills, now it’s for people to see body appreciation and for companies and magazines to look at.
What inspires you about the human body?
I grew up in a very nudist friendly household so being nude was never taboo. My body has changed over the years. I always wanted what I didn’t have. I wanted to be thin then I wanted to be curvy. When I was think I used to stand in front of a self timer naked and pose artistically. I then would print it out and exaggerate the bum, boobs and belly with a pencil so I had a template to paint off for voluptuous female nudes for my art. Like most females, I wanted what I didn’t have. I love the body and what it can do. I have always appreciated it!
An issue a lot of artists come across with publishing their work on Instagram is the censorship rules. What do you think about this?
I do struggle with it. I hate censoring my images. It’s so annoying! I made a satire video about this issue called, ‘Free The Nip’. I got 40 friends around and we all covered our boobs in a comedic way and danced, and giggled in front of the camera. It got good feedback but yes I still struggle with censorship.
A theme you speak of throughout your work is body positivity. Is this an issue you feel passionate about?
Yes! I believe it’s so important to be comfortable in your own skin. I’m not always good at it but I like to think the message does come throughout my art.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
The plan was always to direct documentaries. We will see what happens in the next two years though. Things might change.
If you could brunch with any three people (dead or alive) who would they be and why?
Spencer Tunick, Nina Simone and Ryan McGingley. I would like to know how Spencer started with mass nudity. Nina because she’s always been an idol for me as she has always been such a strong woman and Ryan, I just love his take on art. It would be a pleasure to meet him.