In 2017, Fredericks first debuted the series ‘Vanity’; a continuation of the renowned Salt series, this time accompanied by a large mirror which Fredericks painstakingly carries himself and introduces into the previously undisturbed horizon. The mirror in art is normally a symbol of narcissism and vanity, but in this series, Fredericks uses it not to reflect ‘ourselves’ or our petty obsessions, but to draw the gaze outwards to the immediate environment and the cosmos. The mirrors act like a portal to ‘something else’. Through their infinite variations of colour and light, the pictures award the viewer the freedom and meditative space Murray finds essential for our release from our own vanity. ‘Vanity’ allows us access to Fredericks’ sublime experience, focusing on the power and importance of nature.
Murray Fredericks has been represented by Hamiltons Gallery for over a decade. Fredericks’ atmospheric pictures border on the sublime – giving rise to the emotional and physical sense of an overwhelming awe of nature. Murray Fredericks lives and works in Australia.