Ryan Sarah Murphy

My creative practice is intuitive and process-driven, prompted by the found ephemera of my daily experience. Responding to the inherent energy within discarded and repurposed objects, I allow for the material to act as the guide, moving through the construction of a piece with no set plan or intended outcome.

My current work consists of wall-mounted collages and works on paper made of found cardboard and hardcover books. There are certain rules and limitations within the making of my work that provide a general starting point. For instance there is never any paint or additional color applied to the pieces; the color is strictly that of the cardboard or book cover. Any text, printing, or graphics are cut/torn away from the cardboard and the remaining material is what gets used. The surfaces are not treated in any way to prevent the material from changing or deteriorating as it naturally will.

These collages, suggesting odd terrains and 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 various landscapes we both inhabit and construct, these structures serve as a tenuous meeting point of architectural and abstract elements.


Ryan Sarah Murphy is a visual artist living and working in New York. Her collage-based work is process-driven and incorporates the use of found and repurposed materials.

Ryan is a 2014 recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship grant, and she has held residencies at the I-Park Foundation in East Haddam, Connecticut and The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York, New York. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions including ODETTA Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; Platform Gallery in Seattle, Washington; Lesley Heller Workspace in New York, New York; Mixed Greens in New York, New York; Liliana Bloch Gallery in Dallas, Texas; and Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana. Ryan’s work has been featured in several online and print publications including Artnews, Maake Magazine, Tory Burch Daily, Embark Magazine, and The New York Times.