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Sophie Coryndon


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Sophie Coryndon

Todd Merrill

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Todd Merrill Studio For over fifteen years, Todd Merrill Studio has exhibited and purveyed the finest selection of post-war American studio furniture. Shortly after Rizzoli published his seminal book on the subject, “Modern Americana: Studio Furniture from High Craft to High Glam”, 2008, Merrill launched Studio Contemporary, representing the work of an international group of established and emerging contemporary artists. Today, their work is sought after by a wide range of art patrons, from collectors and decorators, to curators and museum academics. While each artist uses his or her own chosen medium-from textile to porcelain, to marble and LEDs--their joint curation at Studio Contemporary relies upon their shared drive to push those materials to their absolute aesthetic limits. The result: dynamic, handmade, and unique pieces that contribute to today’s increasingly relevant “grey space” between art and design. The gallery has progressively cultivated and established new artists, placing their work into private and public collections which include The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (New York), The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), The Museum of Art and Design (New York), The

Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), The High Museum of Art (Atlanta), and The Brooklyn Museum (New York), amongst others. Currently, Studio Contemporary represents the work of Niamh Barry, Colleen Carlson, Ezra Cohen, Sophie Coryndon, Amy Cushing, Marc Fish, Nader Gammas, Stephane Graff, Markus Haase, Molly Hatch, John Hersey, Beth Katleman, Karl Springer LTD, Gary Magakis, Knox Martin, Shari Mendelson, Gareth Neal, Soraya Osorio, Jake Phipps, John Procario, Yard Sale Project, Chris Rucker, and Erin Sullivan. Throughout the year, the gallery exhibits at the best art and design fairs worldwide, including: Design Days Dubai (Dubai), Collective Design Fair (New York), Art Miami (Miami), Design Miami (Basel, Miami), FOG: Design + Art (San Francisco), Pavilion of Arts & Design (New York, Paris, London), Masterpiece (London), Gallery Seoul (South Korea), Spring Masters (New York), The International Fine Art and Antiques Dealer Show (New York), Zona MACO (Mexico City), Salon Art + Design (New York) and The Winter Antiques Show (New York).


Introduction By Todd Merrill

Todd Merrill Studio is pleased to represent artist Sophie Coryndon. Coryndon spent her formative years working alongside her father at the legendary Coryndon Cabinet Makers in England. Coryndon’s work, inspired by elements of the natural world, is rooted in historical aesthetics. Coryndon especially draws inspiration from the influential Bloomsbury group, continuing their quiet revolution against tradition in favor of natural sustainability. Imaginative and innovative, Coryndon has forged a successful career of combining traditional craftsmanship and specialist finishing techniques in a fine art realm. Often material and process driven, employing multiple disciplines including bronze casting, painting, embroidery, and sculpture, her work has found a large audience with collectors and designers worldwide.


Works


Primavera 2017 48H x 96W Inches Gilded yellow and white goldwork flowers on a smoked gesso background


Book of Flowers 2017 72H x 102W Inches Gilded goldwork flowers on a polished ivory gesso background


Both Primavera and Book of Flowers draw inspiration from sixteenth-century tapestries and intricate goldwork embroidery. The magnificent works are adorned with hand-tooled, gilded flowers not unlike those found scattered throughout the English countryside. In Primavera, the work’s smoked gesso background highlights the three-dimensionality of the delicate flowers. Book of Flowers’ polished ivory gesso background pairs beautifully with the glinting gold leaf gilding, enhancing the work’s bright visual effect.


Tapestry Triptych 2017 66H x 117W Inches Plaster, resin and gold leaf


Tapestry and Tapestry Triptych are composed of layered panels of gilded, highly patinated plaster honeycomb. The works’ overlapping panels emulate the soft folds of luxurious ornate textiles. At once colossal and delicate, Tapestry and Tapestry Triptych beautifully preserve the fragility of their organic source material. Coryndon became interested in bees after learning about the current global crisis facing the insects. In her efforts to immortalize the abandoned hives that inspire her works, Corydon employs the lost-wax method, an ancient and labor-intensive technique.

Tapestry 2016 48H x 72W Inches Plaster, resin and gold leaf


The Hoard Series furthers Coryndon’s exploration of honeycomb. Using cast bronze, gilded plaster, and precious and semi-precious stones, the work highlights the exquisite nature of its source material. Though bronze is typically regarded as a robust medium, the material assumes a jewelry-like delicacy in Coryndon’s hands.

Hoard Series 2016-2017 16H x 12W Inches Bronze, gold leaf and enamel, semi precious stones


Honeymoon 2016 24 inches diameter Bronze and cold enamel


Honeymoon, whose layers of cast bronze honeycomb are arranged in a spherical shape, is the first in an ongoing series of works based on eighteenth-century witch balls. The suspended work is lit from within using LED lights, producing a lovely pattern of shadow and light that reflects its unique texture. Honeymoon, which renders the iconic form of a modern disco ball in the organic, ancient material of honeycomb, is a compelling example of Coryndon’s artistic exploration of bees.


Adam’s Vine 2016 118 x 118 inches Resin, 23 carat gold-leaf and brass


Adams Vine is made up of 1000 cast and gilded husks strung on brass wire and trained up an interior wall in Classical Rococo style. The composition is versatile. It can be trained up a vertical interior wall, across a ceiling or floor or suspended within a framework to create a division of internal space. The piece was inspired by the 18th century Neoclassical designer and architect, Robert Adams who was described in his obituary as, ‘a genius in elegant ornament’. The Adams style incorporated elements of classical Roman design alongside Greek, Byzantine and Baroque styles. Adams Vine is the first in a series of Architectural Vines. The piece is available to commission with variations in scale, husk design and finish.


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Sophie Coryndon  
Sophie Coryndon  

Imaginative and innovative, Coryndon has forged a successful career of combining traditional craftsmanship and specialist finishing techniqu...