Murata's simple compositions of minimal lines and forms are deeply influenced by 18th century Japanese paintings, when artists were challenged to create an artwork with minimum colours and objects. The subjects in her paintings are derived from existing photos such as old post cards, tourist leaflets, and encyclopaedias. Murata strips these images of their original purpose and transforms them from photographs of specific places and things into pictures of 'somewhere' and animals that could be anywhere at all.
Recent solo exhibitions include: The Song of Birds, Lammfromm, Tokyo, Japan and Ikejiri Institute of Design, curated by Hideo Nakayasu, Tokyo. Since 2002, she has exhibited in Tokyo at Gallery Side 2.