Oscar Murillo’s artistic practice is deeply intertwined with his origins growing up in the small mountain-side town of La Paila in South East Colombia. Rather than being exposed to a traditional Western art education, Murillo appropriated his experiences from the streets, the local industry of sugar cane production as well as encounters with his family and friends, all of which have provided a strong catalyst to explore the conjunction of different materials and mediums. After moving to London, the artist encountered an entirely different culture yet remained closely linked to his origins. Cleaning office buildings at night in the city of London alongside fellow Colombians, Murillo began to incorporate the tools of his trade into his process of art production. For example, Murillo detached a broomstick from its conventional role as cleaning product, instead appropriating it as an instrument with which he could form, with some irony, winding, disorderly, tactile marks amongst the chaotic pollution of his studio floor. Often spending the nights in his studio indefatigably reading, painting, and experimenting, Murillo’s excessive working practice is somewhat reminiscent of Louise Bourgeois, in particular her Insomnia Drawings created at night time and in the early hours of dawn. In both cases, the creative output is evidence of a kind of incredible creativity fueled by wakeful anxiety.
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