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"Torc" Grey, White Limestone Minimalist Spiral Sculpture by Helen O'Connell

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Helen O' Connell's powerful sculptural series "Ancestral" in Irish Kilkenny limestone is inspired by Irelands ancient megalithic heritage. Paying homage to her ancestors, "Torc" employs intricately carved motifs like the classical spiral and signature Celtic forms such as the ancient torc. These sculptures are part of a limited edition series of 10. Helen O’Connell is an award-winning Irish sculptor with studios in Dublin and neighbouring County Wicklow, Ireland. Much of her work is in Irish Kilkenny limestone, a beautifully versatile material composed of marine life compressed over thousands of years, when the island of Ireland was still attached to mainland Europe. A native Dubliner, she graduated from Trinity College Dublin before surrendering to a fascination with sculpture. Determined to learn the ancient craft of stone carving, she spent several years studying in Ireland before attending the world famous Nicoli studios in Carrara, Italy where she immersed herself in the skills and expertise of generations of artisans. An increasing love of marble subsequently led her to the quarries of Alentejo in Portugal where the indigenous stone is renowned for its unique veining, coloration and particularities and these incredible pieces of layered history are carefully hand picked for specific works. Much of O’Connell’s recent work explores the pure yet ceremonial qualities of the vessel and the unadorned magnificence of Kilkenny limestone is implicit in the light yet unyielding permanence of these forms. The artist is compelled by the energy this timeless material holds and the inspiration of sculptors such as Isamu Noguichi can be perceived in these minimal forms. “Stone for me is a mythical, timeless and layered repository of past experience and I am so compelled by the energy it holds that I return time and again to this chosen medium. The veining in marble can signify a geological shift, a lingering echo of the monumental processes of earth and time that were involved in the formation of these stones. I discover fossils as I chip, tap and sculpt. Mother Nature continues to be my most admired sculptor and I strive to create something as beautiful and perfect as a pebble. Nothing is so aesthetically satisfying to me as a dry stone wall in the West of Ireland or as comforting to touch as a perfectly smooth pebble from a beach. I am inexplicably drawn to this medium” O’Connell’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and art institutions throughout Ireland and Europe including the Royal Hibernia Academy and the galleries of the Craft Council of Ireland. Her work is featured in many private collections both in Ireland and abroad including that of Bono and Anne Madden. She is represented by Rhyme Studio in New York City.

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Rhyme Studio

Rhyme Studio is a Brooklyn based design manufacturer, interiors and art advisory. On a mission to breathe unique form, color and sustainable craftsmanship into the world of rug design, we source Irish wool for our rug collection from Galway sheep farms. It is processed at a historic 300 year old woolen mill, hand dyed using natural dyes by a 200 year old mill before tufted by hand into carpet at our rural Irish farmhouse studio. The OM Series derives from a 1600 year old alphabet called Ogham and features the rich deep naturally brown wool of the Irish Zwartbles sheep. Known for monumental inscriptions on standing stones, it is believed that Ogham or the "tree alphabet" was created by druids and scholars as a secret form of communication. Other collections include Limited Edition The Insula Series inspired by 7th Century Irish art and illuminated manuscripts which was considered a golden age for the arts in Ireland. "The Trinity Series" is a study of triangular forms and rich colours and a fourth design series entitled "Modernity" will debut in early 2021. Founder Claire McGovern has designed interiors, curated art and design installations and collaborated with many talented artists and designers. Her entrepreneurial days began with a critically acclaimed art and design gallery evolving into the interiors and design practice she operates from New York City today. Her office is proud to also represent the works of storm chaser Ian Sheldon and sculptor Helen O'Connell.
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