Alicia Murphy with one of her self-portrait lady masks.
Alicia Murphy with one of her self-portrait lady masks. Contributed

Alicia has a head for creative works in clay

AFTER years of travelling the world with her artistic career, Alicia Murphy has finally found her niche at Yandina markets where she sells her garden art.

Her stall shows off her sculptured "face potters” with their whimsical beauty, clay pots that can't be found in any garden nursery, bird baths, trinket boxes and award-winning sculptures.

With an arts career spanning 24 years, Alicia has finally found her true love.

"I want to give people a bit of zing in their garden,” she said.

Alicia has a fine arts degree, is qualified in graphic design, and has run and owned the Brighton Art Gallery (known as B.A.G.) and Bar in the United Kingdom.

"I was quite the socialite ... the B.A.G. featured the artwork of George Underwood, the musician and artist,” she said.

Alicia also spent time painting murals around the world.

One she painted 20 years ago in New York has recently been used in the new TV series Succession.

"I've been paid royalties for that,” she said.

Potted lady masks at the Garden Art stall at Yandina markets.
Potted lady masks at the Garden Art stall at Yandina markets. Contributed

Alicia came back to Australia when her maternal instincts started kicking in, as she felt this was the best place to raise a child. She took up an arts therapy degree and began teaching in schools, but she was told she needed a teachers' aide certificate to continue in the role.

Alicia said being a broke student had led her to selling her artwork at the markets and rediscovering her love for working with clay.

"It's very settling and takes your mind off everything,” she said.

"It has strong therapeutic qualities.”

Her son Louie's face has been the inspiration for her sculptured creature "children” - a dog boy, fawn and pixies. Her award-winning Dream Walker sculpture is the head and shoulders of a young girl that tells an intriguing story.

Alicia Murphy's Garden Art stall at Yandina.
Alicia Murphy's Garden Art stall at Yandina. Contributed

The girl becomes real at night and collects nature in her hair, but in the morning turns back to clay.

Among the other pieces are the potted lady masks - reflecting self-portraits.

She said the masks were all different and developed different personalities, sometimes with just a tweak of the nose.

"You make them different because the clay tells you what it wants to be,” Alicia said.

"When you're in that real creative mode, the character just comes through.”

Potted lady masks.
Potted lady masks. Contributed

Alicia is enjoying life by creating her own artworks and making a living at the market.

"I'm so happy and content with Yandina markets,” she said.

"As an artist, you get to talk one on one with people and get feedback and appreciation.

"Yandina is a special place.”



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