Niamh Barry, ‘Fouette’, 2012, Todd Merrill Studio
Niamh Barry, ‘Fouette’, 2012, Todd Merrill Studio
Niamh Barry, ‘Fouette’, 2012, Todd Merrill Studio
Niamh Barry, ‘Fouette’, 2012, Todd Merrill Studio

Fouette II, a unique handmade light sculpture, follows the artist’s first of the critically acclaimed unique suspended piece. Comprised of five intertwined brushed hand-formed bronze rings, the piece features handcut glass opal tiles covering strips of LEDs. Inspired by bodies and movement, Barry’s pieces not only exude the effect of motion, but elicit the viewers’ own movement in order to fully experience the piece from various vantage points. Fouette refers to a series of fast turns that a ballet dancer makes; accordingly, the viewer becomes a dancer in the process of looking at and surrounding the light sculpture. Barry’s work highlights, both literally and figuratively, the various ways by which we can interpret light and darkness, negative and positive space, and human movement.

The pictured sculpture is the second in the Fouette series within Barry’s commission-based program. A bespoke version may be made to order with custom dimensionality and finishes. Please contact info@toddmerrillstudio.com for details and pricing.

Niamh Barry was born in 1968 in Dublin, Ireland where she still works and lives. In 1991 upon graduation from the National College of Art and Design, Niamh Barry established her studio and started to make unique conceptual furniture and light sculptures from a range of materials that has included aluminum, porcelain, linen, mirror, and acrylic as well as wood, back patinated solid hand-formed bronze, mirror-polished hand-formed solid bronze, and Murano glass. In her signature work, visual weight and movement are a constant theme. All custom pieces are available with dimmable LED lighting. Barry’s work is included in many public and private collections nationally and internationally, including the Four Seasons Hotel, O2, Candy and Candy, Merrion Hotel, Shelbourne Hotel, Finchatton, and U2.

19″ L x 92.5″ H

About Niamh Barry

With a background in ceramics and self-taught in metalwork, Niamh Barry is best known for her welded light sculptures and conceptual furniture, which explore the relationship between light and shade, form and line. She summarizes her design practice as a continuous search “to express something beyond functionality,” and, though she works with a range of materials, her most iconic works are comprised of patinated and polished bronze, glass, and polycarbonate. Her early sources of inspiration included forms found in nature—astrological patterns, plants, and bones—but since 2007, Barry’s work has moved away from representational references, toward pure abstraction. Recurring themes in her work include the way in which weight informs movement and light defines negative space.

Irish, b. 1968, Dublin, Ireland, based in Dublin, Ireland

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
The Second Show, Todd Merrill Studio, Southampton
2015
Todd Merrill Studio Southampton, Todd Merrill Studio, Southampton