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TasteMakers NY: The Sculpture of Celine Cannon

by Tracy Kaler

Sculpture 1
Carrara Marble Sculpture at Holly Hunt
18" x 4"

Celine Cannon is a sculptor from Ireland based in New York, working primarily in stone. 

She descends from a long line of stone carvers, a heritage dating back several centuries. She apprenticed at her family’s quarry in Dublin, where ancient techniques were passed down through generations. 

Her work spans a diverse range, from architectural panels intricately carved using 
traditional methods and designs, to her own contemporary works in limestone, marble and granite. Indulging in the principals of geometry, emphasis is placed on clean lines and acute angles. Texture is featured often and is used to expose the character of the stone. 

Celine’s work has been published internationally and can be found in the homes of such notables as Goldie Hawn, Donna Karan, Meg Ryan and Sting and Trudie Styler. 

Originally from Ireland, Celine Cannon lives and works in New York City.

How long have you been in NYC and how did you get here?

New York is magnetic, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to experience it. As a child, I grew up watching movies and TV shows filmed here and found it completely captivating for it seemed larger than life - the street scenes, bellowing sirens, skyscrapers, cars, even the police force, everything about it was in such sharp contrast to where and how I grew up. So needless to say, when the opportunity arose for me to come in the early '90s, there was no hesitation on my part.

 Have you found NYC to be a good choice for you as an artist? 

New York City is a very rewarding place to be for any artist because of all that it has to offer. There is no denying that it is tough and competitive with plenty of obstacles and challenges, but at the same time, there is such a broad market here and many platforms (outside of the art world) from which to gain exposure and develop new contacts. For me, for example, collaborating with architectural companies, design firms, trade showrooms and retail venues, has broadened my client base and established my work in multiple fields. 

Also, when it comes to exploring and researching new concepts and ideas, the city offers an abundance of resources from which to draw information - museums, libraries, fairs, lectures etc and the eclecticism and diversity of culture are a constant source of inspiration. 

Matin 1
Limestone altar at the Matin Gallery in LA
32" x 18" x 4"

Has the lively art scene helped contribute to your success here? 

The art scene is a great way to stay connected not just with your peers but with what is current in the art world and relevant in the marketplace. Having discussions with other artists about their work, how it has developed and what influences them is fundamental to your own progress. The exchange of ideas and opinions all contribute in some way to how you and your work evolve. 

What would you like others to know about your art? 

My works in stone are a response to my environment, my relationship with people, places and things, both past and present. Contained within a geometric form, clean lines, acute angles and varying planes, signify dimensions of thought and lend structure to concepts, while space, volume, proportion and texture all represent depth of emotion. 

Sculpture 1--elevation view
Carrara Marble Sculpture at Holly Hunt
18" x 4"
Stone can take a lifetime to master and transferring a concept to a material that is so unforgiving requires a certain kind of discipline. Continually reading the grain, establishing a rhythm and maintaining a focus are all necessary components. 

Ultimately, within each form I seek to obtain a harmonic balance between the concept, the form and the content. 

Bardiglio Marble at Holly Hunt
10" x 22" x 5"

You’ve worked with some pretty famous clients—how did you make those connections? 

I’ve been very fortunate to know and work with Donna Karan who has been a great supporter and through our many collaborations, has introduced my work to several of her famous clientele. My associations with architectural companies and design firms have also connected me to their notable clients. 

What’s in store for you in 2013? 

At the moment, I am working on some marble sculptures for Holly Hunt and am 
also exploring two new mediums, glass and wood. 

Meditation Altar
Limestone at Urban Zen, LA
44" x 34" x 5"

I’ll continue to create meditation spaces which is an ongoing passion for me. Many of my collaborations with Donna Karan have revolved around creating these quiet, reflective spaces where I’ve installed stone altars, hand woven prayer blankets, candles and accessories. 

Has any particular artist influenced your career? 

Growing up in Ireland my earliest influences came from the dolmens and other megalithic structures that are scattered about the Irish Landscape. The sheer engineering of these tombs is impressive. Barbara Hepworth was also an early influence and is one of my favorites along with Isamu Noguchi. There are also many architects I admire. 

Concave Sphere
Carrara Marble, Collaboration with Calvin Klein
10" x 5"

What are your three most favorite things about living in NYC? Least favorite?

There is much to discover here and I don’t just mean stumbling upon a new restaurant, bookstore or theater etc, I mean NYC promotes a personal path of self discovery - finding out who you really are, what you are capable of and who you want to become. 

The 'Dollar and a Dream' concept lives on. You can still make it here --- of course it is not easy, but embarking on that journey will bring out the best in you. 

Finally, it’s that 'New York Minute' people reference --- where you can be going about your day and all of a sudden you get that one phone call or email that changes your life. A new opportunity has just opened up, all the hard work has paid off and there is no place you would rather be than New York! 

I don’t have a least favorite. 

 Celine Cannon says the 'Dollar and a Dream' concept lives on in New York City.

What do you miss most about Ireland and do you go back to visit often?

I don’t have any immediate family here so of course I miss them, and it’s a little disheartening when I add up all the family occasions and celebrations I have missed out on. But thanks to Skype and frequent visits home, I stay connected. 

Surprisingly I miss the weather, and on those rainy and dreary days, I find myself reaching for my wellingtons and heading to the park to tend to my nostalgia for misty walks upon rolling hills. But one does not stay sentimental here for too long, thanks to the warm hospitality and big welcome New Yorkers extend to their “relations from across the pond!”

Any advice for someone looking to move to New York from another part of the world? 

Choose your friends wisely. Be careful who you surround yourself with and try to 
build a strong, solid network of support with people who have a positive outlook on life. Build up and maintain your confidence because it’s always under attack. Be open to exploring new fields. Knowing your weaknesses will be one of your greatest strengths. 

Celine Cannon is represented by the Matin Gallery in LA and through Holly Hunt Showrooms. For more about Celine and her work, please visit her website.


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