Sometimes artists have the ability to turn routine to ritual, the mundane to the noted and the blasé to the inspired. Such is the case with many of Michael Aram’s handmade metal pieces. Organically-inspired shapes, with a special turn of quality style is enough to stop the most distracted in their day-to-day tracks.
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, organic quality and an energy, which Aram feels is only possible with work that reflects the hand of the maker. 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.
Bridging the gap between the artist and artisan is a hallmark of Michael Aram’s work. Each piece is entirely handmade with no two ever exactly the same. Special shifts, even dancing, between simple practicality and decorative art allow one to catch reflective space in the day-to-day hum. The 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.