Sophie Coryndon, Spitalfields, UK, 2018
Spitalfields, draws inspiration from sixteenth-century tapestries and intricate goldwork embroidery. The magnificent work is adorned with hand-tooled wild flowers and insects, cast in Jesmonite and gilded before being arranged on layers of anti-reflective glass giving the appearance of delicately floating ornamentation. The ground of the work, made of crushed aluminum backed cotton and mounted on board has the appearance of softly aged parchment.
Coryndon’s work, inspired by elements of the natural world, is rooted in historical aesthetics. Imaginative and innovative, Coryndon has forged a successful career of combining traditional craft skills and specialist finishing techniques in a fine art realm. She has found a large audience with collectors and designers internationally.
Spitalfields takes its inspiration from moth collecting, a cherished activity from Coryndon’s youth. A white sheet would be strung up in the garden on a summer night and illuminated by a strong light. Quickly it would attract a snowstorm of moths and insects, depicted here in moon gold amongst a swath of gilded wild flowers. The title ‘Spitalfields’ references an area of London known historically for its links with the silk weaving industry and is synonymous with artists and craftspeople.
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, 12ct white gold leaf, moon gold, aluminum backed cotton and board
Dimensions: 49h x 76 1/4w x 3 1/2d inches
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