Joshua Niall Murphy is a Wicklow-based visual artist. His practice spans a range of mediums, including screen-based artworks, digital prints and works on canvas combining acrylic and spray paint. Joshua works with characters in abstract spaces, often using bold and bright colours and designs that are evocative of graphic art from the late 1990s and early 2000s. His work was exhibited in the IADT group show In the Making: Bread at Pallas Projects (2023).
My project Rabbit Hole deals with issues around identity and the chaos of online or virtual spaces. I am interested in using a process of world-building to establish environments and characters which draw parallels to online spaces and the users within them. I have been fascinated for years now with the term “falling down an internet rabbit hole”. In my work, the recurring symbol of the white rabbit can represent not just an individual user, but rather a multiplicity or mass that exists within online spaces. Expanding on that idea of multiplicity, I also reproduce printed copies of my work. I am using my practice to create a level of interactivity which represents our connectedness within online spaces. I use a visual style which is intentionally evocative of digital art in the early age of the internet, implementing an element of personal nostalgia which is integral to the work.