Abstract Contemporary Collage Reliefs Constructed from Found Cardboard

Abstract Contemporary Collage Reliefs Constructed from Found Cardboard by Ryan Sarah Murphy

New York based artist Ryan Sarah Murphy creates abstract, sculptural collages using found and collected cardboard and book covers, which are then recycled and transformed into contemporary works of art. Though these abstract paper reliefs appear to be painted, however they are completely altered as is. Ryan Sarah’s artistic practice generates from a wholly intuitive place, prompted by the materials that come and go freely within her day-to-day experience. As a compulsively overlooked throw-away, the artist is rather interested in the way the simple, abundant and inherently impermanent materials can be structured into quiet surfaces that convey both formation and dilapidation simultaneously. Her work is currently on display at the Odetta Gallery in London through December 18th, 2016, in a series entitled Bauhaus babies, alongside Richard Bottwin and Sylvia Schwartz. The exhibition, curated by artist Ellen Hackl Fagan, aims to focus on the special interest given to contemporary painting, glyphs, music, Color Field, Buddha Mind, Minimalism, playfulness and encyclopedic obsessiveness.

Abstract Contemporary Collage Reliefs Constructed from Found Cardboard by Ryan Sarah MurphyAbstract Contemporary Collage Reliefs Constructed from Found Cardboard by Ryan Sarah MurphyAbstract Contemporary Collage Reliefs Constructed from Found Cardboard by Ryan Sarah MurphyAbstract Contemporary Collage Reliefs Constructed from Found Cardboard by Ryan Sarah Murphy

Ryan Sarah’s body of work develops around a series of collages, suggestive of odd terrains, infrastructures and skylines. As a result of a subconscious examination of space, these collages depict 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, they serve as a tenuous meeting point of architectural and abstract elements.

Abstract Contemporary Collage Reliefs Constructed from Found Cardboard by Ryan Sarah MurphyAbstract Contemporary Collage Reliefs Constructed from Found Cardboard by Ryan Sarah MurphyAbstract Contemporary Collage Reliefs Constructed from Found Cardboard by Ryan Sarah MurphyAbstract Contemporary Collage Reliefs Constructed from Found Cardboard by Ryan Sarah MurphyAbstract Contemporary Collage Reliefs Constructed from Found Cardboard by Ryan Sarah Murphy

“I am interested in how these materials, in their simplicity, variety and wide abundance, can be cut and formed into quiet surfaces teeming with both geographical and emotional underpinnings. Referencing architecture, landscape and the topographical intersection of urban & natural environments, these constructions are 3-dimensional in form, coming off the wall in various layers suggesting odd terrains, infrastructures and skylines.” – Sarah Murphy

Abstract Contemporary Collage Reliefs Constructed from Found Cardboard by Ryan Sarah MurphyAbstract Contemporary Collage Reliefs Constructed from Found Cardboard by Ryan Sarah MurphyAbstract Contemporary Collage Reliefs Constructed from Found Cardboard by Ryan Sarah Murphy

via Odetta Gallery, images via Ryan Sarah Murphy

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