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Ryan Sarah Murphy
Ryan Sarah Murphy, 'Platform', 2014, Found Objects, Cardboard, Laid Paper

2014

$700

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Ryan Sarah Murphy's creative process generates from a wholly intuitive place, prompted by the materials that come and go freely within the day-to-day experience. Currently, her work consists of wall-mounted, collaged constructions made of found cardboard, a highly utilized, indispensable and yet seemingly valueless component of daily life. As a compulsively overlooked throw-away, Murphy is interested in how this simple, abundant and inherently impermanent material can be structured into quiet surfaces conveying both formation and dilapidation simultaneously. Also included in some of these pieces are the covers and pages of used & discarded hard-backed books. Offering a set ground to build from, she is drawn to the colorful blankness of these torn bindings and the empty space created in their missing pages. There are certain rules or self-imposed limitations set when making her works that provide a general structure or jumping off point. For instance there is never any paint or additional color applied to the pieces; the color is strictly that of the cardboard or cover. Any text, printing, pages, or representational graphics are cut/torn away from the cardboard and books, and the remaining shapes and forms are what get used. The surfaces are not treated in any way to prevent the material from changing or deteriorating as it naturally will. Each composition, though abstracted to a degree, has a foundation that appears grounded and somewhat logically organized. These collages, suggesting odd terrains of shifting perspectives, are the result of a subconscious examination of space – both the concrete environment of the city and the interior dwelling of the self. Much like the natural and artificial landscape that we both inhabit and construct, these collages serve as a tenuous meeting point of architectural and abstract elements. Ryan Sarah Murphy was born in Rutland, Vermont, and lives and works in New York. From 2012-2014 she held a studio residency at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and was recently awarded a fellowship grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2014). Her work has been shown in museums and galleries across the US including Mixed Greens (NY), Lesley Heller Workspace (NY), Liliana Bloch Gallery (Dallas), The Holter Museum of Art (Helena, MT), ODETTA Gallery (Brooklyn) and Radiator Arts (Long Island City, NY). In 2001 she received her BFA-Sculpture from the School of Visual Arts.

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