Niamh Barry, ‘Walking, IRE’, 2015, Todd Merrill Studio
Niamh Barry, ‘Walking, IRE’, 2015, Todd Merrill Studio
Niamh Barry, ‘Walking, IRE’, 2015, Todd Merrill Studio
Niamh Barry, ‘Walking, IRE’, 2015, Todd Merrill Studio
Niamh Barry, ‘Walking, IRE’, 2015, Todd Merrill Studio
Niamh Barry, ‘Walking, IRE’, 2015, Todd Merrill Studio
Niamh Barry, ‘Walking, IRE’, 2015, Todd Merrill Studio

Niamh Barry’s Walking is the artist’s first standing screen light sculpture within her exquisite repertoire of unique, handmade illuminated art. Barry’s work highlights, both literally and figuratively, the various ways by which we can interpret human movement, light and darkness, negative and positive space. Based off of the traced motion of legs in motion, Walking is a visual study of movement; while depicting movement it also stimulates it, inspiring the viewer to walk around the sculpture in order to experience it differently from every angle. Made of hand-formed mirror-polished patinated and polished bronze, glass opal tiles, and dimmable LEDs, Walking glistens, emits, and reflects light and shadow across a space.

As Barry works on a commission basis, a bespoke version of Walking can be made with custom dimensionality, materials, and finishes.

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