Todd Merrill Studio is pleased to announce that it is now representing artist Sophie Coryndon. Coryndon’s work is inspired by elements of the natural world and rooted in historical aesthetics ranging from renaissance tapestry to the influential Bloomsberry group. Croydon works and lives in the same area as the Bloomsbury Group at South Downs National Park, thus continuing the spirit of the quiet revolution against tradition in favor of natural sustainability. Imaginative and innovative, Coryndon has forged a successful career of combining traditional craft skills and specialist finishing techniques in a fine art realm. Often material and process driven, employing multiple disciplines such as bronze casting, painting, embroidery and sculpture, her work has found a large audience with collectors and designers internationally.
On view at the gallery are recent works of Coryndon’s that masterfully explore the exquisite nature of honeycombs using cast bronze, gilded plaster as well as precious and semi-precious stones. Coryndon, who says that natural forms are always at the heart of her work, became interested in bees after reading about the rising detriment facing the insects around the world today. In an effort to capture abandoned “ghost ship hives” Corydon is using lost wax casting, an ancient and seldom used technique. Though bronze is regarded as a robust medium, in Coryndon’s hands the material takes on a jewelry-like delicacy.
Coryndon spent her formative years working alongside her father at the legendary Coryndon Cabinet Makers. Like the Omega artists who came out of the Bloomsberry group and also rebelled against the plainness of mass produced consumer goods, Coryndon took the traditional applications of her royal cabinetmaker father and expanded them through experimental processes that push the possibilities between decorative and fine art.