"Susie was commissioned to respond creatively to the interior of this beautiful medieval deconsecrated church. The evocative piece is the latest work by MacMurray following on from successes such as Flock at Manchester Art Gallery... She has also worked in York before, recreating Flock at York Art Gallery...24 Hour Museum: Echo Installation Transforms Church Of York St Mary's
'As a place of worship that has existed for nearly a millennium, St. Mary’s contains a wealth of history built up over the centuries. Archaeological and social histories can be pieced together by sifting and extrapolating, but intangible and equally significant things will also have taken place there. Untraceable sounds, experiences and emotions that science cannot pin down will have existed in the space and a kind of ephemeral essence remains. Echo is a response to St. Mary’s as a kind of vessel for the traces of profound contemplation, sound, memory, history and human faith.'
The materials chosen by Susie for this installation are hairnets and the discarded rosin covered horsehair from violin bows. Hairnets were chosen for their delicate nature and their metaphorical connection to the human body. The violin bow hair was chosen because of its former role in the intense and emotive human experience of making music...(more)"