TARA MURPHY 
(b. 1986, Whakatane, New Zealand)
Bachelor of Media Arts (Visual Arts), Waikato Institute of Technology

Tara Murphy is a New Zealand artist, currently living and working in Waiuku, Auckland. Tara creates original sculpture entries for national awards and sculpts for both group and solo exhibition.

Creating work predominately out of processed timber off-cuts holds significance in the overall themes of her work. It is the recycling and reusing that she finds interesting and wishes to highlight. Rummaging around scrap heaps, buying salvaged timber boards, saving sawdust and wood shavings – these are the natural media which makes the sculptures. Re-purposing her own created “waste” deepens her working methodology and her awareness of keeping what she does sustainable. Off-cuts from one work (wood shavings, wood chips, sawdust etc.) become new material to use for the next work. It is this cycle that spurs on her artistic practice.

The history that these natural media represent and the changes they undergo enrich their new form, outcome and purpose under her hands. Emphasis is placed on ideas concerning the manipulation of natural media, the tension between the organic and the processed and the relationships between new applications of texture. Her sculptures are an invitation in to her preoccupation as an artist with materiality and process.




Recent projects include: HYFR at ZEUS, Zeus Gallery, Tauranga, NZ (2017); Diversion, Whakatane Museum and Arts, Whakatane, NZ (2015); Hang Ups, Artspost, Hamilton, NZ (2014); Estuary Artworks, Uxbridge Arts Centre, Auckland, NZ (2014); Touch Wood, Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ (2013); Objective Art Awards, Mangere Arts Centre, Auckland, NZ (2013); Field Days No.8 Wire Award, Artspost, Hamilton, NZ (2013)

Tara Murphy won the People's Choice Award, Estuary Art Awards (2014)