Sophie Coryndon, Fragment, UK, 2018
With Fragment, Sophie Coryndon masterfully explores the exquisite nature of honeycombs using 23.5 ct gilded cast acrylic polymer, preserving the fragility of its source material. 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. Employing centuries old techniques with innovative materials Coryndon manages to capture the jewelry-like delicacy of the abandoned “ghost-ship hives” in unique works of art.
Sophie Coryndon combines traditional decorative arts techniques with modern innovation. Material and process driven, she employs multiple disciplines including bronze casting, painting, embroidery, and sculpture to capture elements of the natural world, rooted in historical aesthetics. “Basically, I’m drawn to craftsmanship in any form, especially dying crafts,” says the artist, “But I like to take those things and re-imagine them.”
Inspired by close observation, Coryndon’s work illuminates what is often overlooked. Her enthusiasm for the organic intricacies ever-present in the macrocosm drives her tenacious ambition to transfigure the microscopic into the monumental. This practice of maximalism fosters her desire to, as she states “take things further, make them larger, make them grander, right to the point of lunacy. Insane beauty is what I’m ultimately after.”
As Coryndon works on a commission basis, custom works may be requested.
Medium: 23.5ct Gold Leaf and Acrylic Polymer on glass
Dimensions: 30” H x 45” W, 76.20 H x 114.30 W cm
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