Sophie Coryndon, Book of Flowers, UK, 2017
Book of Flowers, a large diptych, draws inspiration from sixteenth-century tapestries and intricate goldwork embroidery. The magnificent work is adorned with hand-tooled flowers that are cast and gilded before being arranged on a polished ivory gesso background.
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: Gilded Goldwork Flowers on a Polished Ivory Gesso Background
Dimensions: 72” H x 102” W, 182.88 H x 259.08 W cm
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