Sophie Coryndon, Dossel, UK, 2018
Dossel, a large-scale wall hanging, is composed of panels of layered honeycomb cast in Jesmonite, which have been embellished with cold enamel resin to simulate honey and then gilded and highly patinated. The overlapping layers of the panels hang, emulating ornate textiles. At once colossal and delicate, Dossel beautifully preserves the fragility of its source material. Coryndon became interested in bees after learning about the current global crisis facing the insects. In an effort to capture abandoned “ghost ship hives,” Coryndon employs the lost-wax method, an ancient and labor-intensive technique. Dossal is the term for an ornamental cloth suspended behind an altar. It is sometimes referred to as an alter screen. Dossel is inspired by the Pala d’Oro a golden altarpiece of the treasury of S.Marco, Venice.
Todd Merrill Studio began representing UK artist Sophie Coryndon in 2016. 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.
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 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.
As Coryndon works on a commission basis, custom works may be requested.
Materials: jesmonite, 23.5ct gold leaf, wood
Dimensions: 88” H x 86” W
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