5 questions with paper artist extraordinaire, Daniel Sean Murphy
October 20, 2015
How did you start specializing in paper as a form of art?
I first started making objects out of paper when I was in art school. I began cutting up large drawings and re-arranged them as sculpted pieces. That process lead me to a new method of art making in which all of my work became 3-dimensional, and made of paper. As a set designer, I create paper sets, installations and objects for editorial and commercial clients. I also continue to create bodies of fine artwork made of cut paper.
What is most difficult thing you’ve created? How long did it take?
The most challenging object I've had to construct was a London taxi at 3/4 scale. When J. Crew opened its store in Brompton, they asked me to design two windows for the front of the store. One of the windows featured a paper taxi at 3/4 scale, with lots of paper NYC icons strapped to the roof. It was incredibly challenging to scale the car correctly, and also make it feel dimensional with only 28" of depth.
What is a defining moment in your career thus far?
I've been really fortunate to work with incredibly talented people, and have been able to contribute to some amazing magazines and brands over the years. Last year, I collaborated with Bergdorf Goodman to help create one of the Christmas windows. It was such an honor to work with David Hoey and the team at Bergdorf. During the creation, T Magazine came to my studio to create a behind-the-scenes video. The windows being unveiled along with the T Magazine article being released felt like a really important moment in my career.
Is there anything on your bucket list that you’re dying to create?
I think I'd like to explore abstraction more within my work. Finding ways to make sets feel more surreal and unexpected.
Any fiascos along the way?
There is always at least one or two small fiascos along the way! Thankfully nothing too major thus far!