Erin Sullivan is a New York-based artist-designer who works principally in bronze to produce fine objects and contemporary furniture.
Formally trained in classic sculpture, painting and drawing, she approaches her work as an artist more than as an industrial designer. What results is this collection—15 home furnishings and decor objects that are, effectively, a cross between aesthetic sculpture and domestic functionality. Each piece is sensual, spiritual and acutely original. When considered as a whole, the collection is a study of natural beauty and balance, form and context.
Sullivan first created jewelry. Then her pieces grew in scale, to jewel-like objects and furniture. Once her idea is on paper, Sullivan either sculpts a model using wax reproductions created from a natural object, or creates a three-dimensional rendering and rapid prototype. A mold of the final model follows, from which a duplicate wax positive is produced.
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Once this wax is “chased” or reworked, with great attention paid to detail, “gates” or wax rods are attached to create channels for the molten bronze to travel through. The whole structure is then dipped, poured, devested, sand-blasted, welded, chased, re-detailed, polished and patinated. Depending on the size of the piece, the process can take three months from start to finish. That’s why Erin Sullivan Objects are so distinctive and captivating. Tha art furniture pieces created are meant to be a highlight in every space.
Each home furnishings and decor objects that are a cross between beautiful sculpture and functional interior furnishings. Sullivan is inspired by her world travels and interactions with indigenous cultures and rituals.
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