Wendy McMurdo

Solo Violin, St Mary's Music School, Edinburgh 1998 (1999)

About this artwork

In 1998 McMurdo approached St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh to photograph its pupils during practice sessions. This picture belongs to the series 'Young Musicians' and was produced at that time. The girl's violin has been erased using digital technology, and this has given the photograph some of the strangeness of her intense and withdrawn concentration on a sound we cannot hear.

  • title: Solo Violin, St Mary's Music School, Edinburgh 1998
  • accession number: GMA 4311
  • artist: Wendy McMurdoScottish (born 1962)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: Education Children Music
  • medium: 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.