Nadia Murphy was born in Matakupaat/the Mallee on the land of the Wadi/Wadi and Wemba/Wemba people. She grew up with a family folklore of red soil, dust storms and longing for rain. Throughout her life, she has been fascinated by the way things look, feel and smell; her senses full of the intensity of the natural world. She uses art to express herself when her words fail to convey this intensity.
Nadia graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts and honed her skills in lutruwita/Tasmania among the rocks and ferns in Queenstown. She raised her children alongside the orange glow of the Queen River and amidst the environmental beauty and brutality she understood from her childhood home.
Nadia’s prints speak from a life spent inside a sensory world. Her favourite medium is drypoint etching, a process that involves scratching thousands of careful lines onto small plates. Unlike other printmaking methods, her drypoint process produces less than five prints before each plate reaches degradation and is retired.
Nadia is a trained Speech and Language Pathologist and Art Therapist with a lifelong love of community, communication and connection. She is a strong advocate for the recognition of neurodiversity, understanding the joy, freedom and connection this can bring.