More About Murray. MORE TO LOVE.
'Celebrating all bodies. Self-romance.'
Round two with creative director, filmmaker and artist Imogen-Ivy Grace Murray; this time delving into her project of nude loving stills @humansofthenude.
They say three's a charm don't they? Third interview of the year and this one's a goodie. Check it out below to discover what humans of the nude is all about, some self-loving tips and what the future has in store for Imogen… Always a pleasure catching up with you, Miss Murray.
Hey Imi! How's 2018 treating you?
Pretty good love!
What's been happening over the last few months?
I was a part of an exhibition for a youth mental health organisation called ‘One eighty’ in Sydney Northern Beaches where I exhibited large scale paintings of nudes then headed to Melbourne with my boyfriend. Had a sick time down there but wasn’t creating any content to be honest. Left Melbourne and came back up to Sydney to start shooting again and be with family!
For those who don’t know you, can you share a little bit about yourself?
My name is Imogen Murray and I am 20 years old. I grew up and currently live on Pittwater, NSW. I go by Imogen.Ivy as I was going to be called Ivy as a child. I started making films in High School and am studying at AFTRS (Australian Film Television Radio School) out at Fox Studios. Ultimately I want to direct documentaries in the future. The last few years I have focused on body image and self-love in my photography and art life outside of university and high school.
When and why did you branch off and start up humans of the nude?
The account I made early 2015 but disabled it for a year as I was more focused on producing films; I started it back up a year ago and began to produce content. I used it at first to store my nude loving stills, now it has evolved into a portfolio for customers and companies to look at.
The notion of ‘more to love’ is evident and consistent throughout your nude loving stills, which I am a BIG fan of! What sparked you to focus on this?
‘More to love’ started when I was doing Year 12 HSC art. I was tiny which was not normal to my big body build like I was as a child and am now. I had lost all this weight in hope to be more loved (very stupid). As I hit my lowest weight I hit this realisation that I would be loved at any size. I began to paint voluptuous nudes from life drawing which was my HSC art major work and then eventually started taking stills of nudes of other people… All focusing on self-love, body appreciation and the beauty of human form.
The connection between you and your images to me are very deep as they are meaningful; with romanticised content, a sense of freedom and endless love. What continues to drive you to create this way?
As lame as it sounds, passion really drives me. I grew up in a nudist household so it was all I really knew growing up; being nude openly was always the norm. I think romance and freedom is so important to have in life also. To be in love with yourself, others and your surroundings is key to being happy, well at least that’s what I believe. I’ve been so fortunate to have had a lot of freedom and trust from my parents growing up. They’ve really let me do my own thing from a young age and brought me up with a lot of travel, which yes, means a lot of galleries. At one point I went to 32 galleries in under 6 weeks whilst travelling around Europe with my Mum. I matured early from having older sisters and having open minded parents. They’re probably the coolest people I know – so laidback and loving. I do think this comes out in my art.
Biggest inspiration/influence behind your work?
Spencer Tunick who does mass nudity and Helmut Newton who does more classical, high class nude work. Both big inspirations.
Dream person you would love to shoot, and why?
Frances Canon comes to mind. I’m all for what she's about; a Melbourne based feminist who draws big body nudes. She flaunts what she’s got and I feel as though it would be a joy to shoot her as she is SO comfortable with-in her own skin.
What does the future have in store for you?
I go back to Uni in July after taking a year off. Late June I am heading to Europe to visit some friends. At the moment I'm just really shooting as much as possible. I am selling 200 prints at a Design House in Balmain, message me for more details! A few tattoos planned and just exploring Australia as much as possible.
A little birdy told me you will be holding an exhibition in the near future, can you enlighten us what this will entail and give us any hints about the who, what, where, when?
Yes, I am! June 8th (Opening Night!) to the 22nd in Balmain at PennyFarthing Design House. An event will come out closer to the date. All Welcome! I will be selling 25 nude body loving prints.
It is clear that self-love, self-compassion and body positivity is very important to you, do you have any tips on how you practice this yourself?
I have been so many different sizes throughout my 20 years. Not comparing yourself to others and just generally being happy as much as possible really helps, you then don't worry about your body type. This is kinda weird but if I'm having a really shit day I sometimes use sarcasm as a tool. I just laugh at myself until I stop worrying about things not really fitting or if I'm just having a low self-esteem day. Buying nice lingerie is fun too (not for anyone else, just for you), It’s good to feel sexy every so often.
Any final advice?
Do what you want and do it when you can. Do it BIG!