Erin Sullivan is an American artist working principally in bronze to create unique, material driven studio pieces inspired by organic, landscape, and undomesticated life forms. Early in her career, while considering the concepts of time and memory, bronze immediately became a material of interest; the alloy’s ability to survive several millennia brought new poetic potency to Sullivan’s process, as did the phenomena of superficial oxidation enabling the protection of the material’s core.
Today, Sullivan creates customizable, sculptural furniture pieces through complex, layered processes of three dimensional assemblage, sculpting, and highly developed casting. Through a labor intensive process, she implements the highest quality casting techniques to create exquisite, realistic bronze interpretations of her organic subject matter. After sculpting models using wax reproductions made from a natural objects, Sullivan creates molds of the final model from which a wax positive is produced. Once this wax is “chased” or reworked with great attention, “gates” or wax rods are attached to create channels through which the molten bronze will travel. The whole structure is then dipped, poured, devested, sandblasted, welded, chased, re-detailed, polished and patinated.
At once functional objects and object d’arts, her pieces are defined by their intricately detailed surfaces, as well as by the versatility of those forms: a solid bronze table-base tower may be used as a decorative pillar, a console, a low-table base, or most purely, as a free-standing sculpture. Her repertoire offers a visual, elegant equilibrium between artifice and nature and between art and design.
Nature Adorned was exhibited at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in 2014, and Sacred Geometry was presented at the ICFF in New York the following year.
Sullivan holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied religion, movement, and aesthetics, and from the the University of Chile, where she studied fine arts. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and in private collections worldwide. Sullivan currently lives and works in New York City.
Through Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary, Sullivan creates bespoke studio pieces, wherein custom dimensionality and finishes may be accommodated.