Wendy McMurdo

Girl with Bears, Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh (1999)

About this artwork

This is a picture of a girl with two reflections. Using digital technology, the photographer has taken one of the girls out of the picture but kept her reflection, so we are left wondering who or what is there; who is looking, who is seeing. This image tells us about the experience children might have in a museum, simultaneously finding out about the world around them and, by reflection, about themselves. We are reminded of the story of 'Goldilocks and The Three Bears', where the curious little girl encounters the bears in their unreal, human house.

  • title: Girl with Bears, Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • accession number: GMA 4310
  • artist: Wendy McMurdoScottish (born 1962)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: Children
  • materials: C-Type print on aluminium
  • date created: 1999
  • measurements: 120.00 x 120.00 cm
  • credit line: Purchased with the Iain Paul Fund 1999
  • copyright: © Wendy McMurdo

Wendy McMurdo

Wendy McMurdo

Wendy McMurdo was born in Edinburgh and studied at Edinburgh College of Art and the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. She is interested in the ways in which technology influences early learning, and has worked with children in schools. In recent years digital processing has allowed photographers to reach new audiences and invent new worlds through the manipulation of images. In her work, McMurdo has exploited the artistic possibilities offered by scientific progress and raised questions about the effect new virtual technologies have on human beings. Recent exhibitions include The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age, The Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle (2011); In a Shaded Place – The Digital and the Uncanny, British Council touring exhibition (2009) and The Skater, ff30 commission, Ffotogallery, Wales (2009). In 2015 she was awarded a PhD by the University of Westminster. She lives and works in Edinburgh.