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Niamh Barry

What if Everything is Not Linear?, Contemporary Light Sculpture

Ireland, 2022



Mirror polished solid hand-formed bronze.

Height: 48.6" - Width: 60" - Depth: 54" 

Niamh Barry often says that her sculptures are drawings in bronze and light. Inspired by natural beauty, her work transcends utility. She strives, above all else, to achieve striking visual balance, movement, and proportion. Her process is visceral, and allows her instinct to speak. Her pieces are thus experienced similarly—with emotion rather than contemplation alone. 

This extraordinary light sculpture furthers an aesthetic language inspired by the famed Broighter Hoard, and initiated with her large-scale commission for the National Bank of Ireland—an elaboration on geometry, palette, and orientation. With this symphony of polished 'vessels' floating in an near-weightless composition, Barry has abandoned her traditionally linear arrangements, and evinced a form of motion heretofore untried, and wonderful to behold in this medium, and at this scale. 

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