I rarely receive messages via WIYB’s facebook page, so it was an unusual surprise when the very talented artist Benjamin Murphy messaged me. He sent me a mysterious picture of a spine hanging in the corner of a room, and said that it is part of his studio/bedroom. That’s all I needed to know and was immediately drawn by his offer to go and visit him. Not your usual boudoir by any imagination, it resembles more of a dungeon, but is completely appropriate for the nature of his work. His work is his main priority – he told me that he purposely wanted to make his space lack comfort, so that he wouldn’t get sidetracked and be encouraged to relax – his studio/bedroom is like a life size sketchbook. I find Benjamin’s work massively interesting and it reminds me of one of my favourite graphic artists, Michael Craig Martin – they both have a talent for making great pictures out of the 3D space.
Name: Benjamin Joseph Murphy.
Born: Ilkley, West Yorkshire.
Lives: Whitchapel, East London.
How long have you lived here?In London, 2.5 years, in Whitechapel 6 months.
What does your bedroom mean to you?
Solace, creativity, distraction.
Tell me about your artwork, the technique and the process?
I draw with electrical tape, by cutting, sticking, and cutting again.
How did that technique come about?
I did it when I was drunk once.
How long does it take to complete a picture?
It varies, from a couple of hours to a couple of days.
If you could tape up anywhere, where would it?
All the way up the side of The Shard.
What's the tooth you're drawing on going to be used for?
I'm making loads of sculptures of teeth and bones, and I'm going to make it into a hanging mobile for a three person show I've got coming up.
What inspires your creativity?
Classic literature, at the moment E.A.Poe, hence the teeth.
You skate, right? Where is the most bizarre place you have skated?
Inside an abandoned orphanage. It was a squat in Ilkley that we used to go to parties at back when I was 17.
What's your favourite colour?
When are you happiest?
When drawing, with Star Trek on in the background and a strong cup of black coffee.
When did you last cry?
I get welled up at films a lot, but the last time I properly cried was at my best friends Dad's funeral.
If your bedroom were on fire, what would you save and why?
My sketchbooks – I've been keeping them since I was 16, they are like visual diaries.
What song do you always find yourself going back to?
Notorious Thugs by Notorious B.I.G.
Tell me a joke?
Naked or bedclothes?
Naked. Always naked.