Michael Aram Spiral Shell, Limited Edition
Michael Aram Spiral Shell, Limited Edition
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Item# 176046MA
Size: 13 1/2"L x 13"W x 14 1/2"H, BASE 8"L X 7 1/2"W X 3"H

Michael Aram's limited edition sculptures are handmade artistic explorations inspired by objects and ideas which capture Michael's imagination. The sculptures are limited to 136 editions each and are individually crafted so that no two pieces are ever exactly alike. The Spiral Shell sculpture is the next in a series of "broken shell" pieces which have fascinated the artist. Inspired by shells he picks up while walking the beach with his children, broken shells take on special meaning for Aram.

"For me, shells are a very powerful symbol of the human journey. They are a symbol of strength and truth, recognized by cultures and faiths around the globe. Blowing into conch shells create a prayerful sound which symbolizes a call to enlightenment. The image of a broken shell, therefore, represents the fragility of that enlightenment and the need for us to safeguard our physical and spiritual being." - Michael Aram

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Michael Aram is an American born artist who works primarily in metal. After studying fine art and living as an artist in New York in the late 1980's, Aram took what would later be a life-altering trip to India where he discovered rich metalworking traditions. Inspired to work with craftsmen whose skills he felt were greatly untapped, Aram turned his creative energies towards craft based design, setting up a home and workshop in New Delhi.

Aram's work reflects humanity through the directness of the handmade process, as each piece is lovingly made using age old traditional techniques. The artisan nature of the work imbues it with a soulful quality and an energy, which Aram feels is only possible with work, which reflects the hand of the maker. This energy is further enhanced by the tension of line, form, and meaning that is characteristic of Aram's work. As extraordinary objects, they cause us to pause and consider them, and therefore create a sense of ritual and ceremony in their day to day use.

The objects range from tableware to furniture, both are sold in galleries and specialty stores worldwide. This broad diversity embodies Aram's versatility as an artist who is comfortable working on private commissions, one of a kind piece for gallery shows, or pieces that are affordable to a wider audience.

Bridging the gap between the artist and artisan is a hallmark of Michael Aram's work. Whether in his narrative and figurative "signature" collection, or in his more contemporary 'studio' line, each piece is entirely handmade with no two examples ever exactly the same. The handmade quality of the work allows it to shift beautifully between the realm of fine and decorative art. This enduring melange of quality and originality sits comfortably at home in contemporary as well as in more classical interiors.

Appropriately, in Hindi, "aram" means "gently, with peace, with love and care". Repeating this direction mantra-like to the craftsmen, Aram succeeds in making high quality work, which is as much a personal statement, as its appeal is universal.