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Chrysanthemums Chair plaster applied over painted surface

29H x 29W x 29D inches mixed media on up-cycled vintage chair base. Strips of canvas are woven with white glue in a paper-mache fashion, thin layers of plaster are gradually built up, allowed to cure, then sanded and carved in between coats. Designs are finalized on paper then drawn freehand on the dried plaster surface with graphite and/or marker, then painted with acrylics. Carving is done on cured surfaces, intermittent with layering and sanding. Each chair is finished with coats of varnish and waxed for durability and to enrich the colors. Each is truly one-of-a-kind, completely functional, and are the ideal place to portray historic art themes, ancient artifacts, myths and legends.

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Comment by Nikki Coulombe on January 24, 2021 at 8:43pm

I do agree!

Comment by Resident Curator on March 12, 2016 at 6:54pm

Curator’s Comments:


I value the written narrative accompanying the multiple steps of creation for your Chrysanthemum Chair, but confess to enjoying some of the earlier stages as much as the final product.  The initial graphite drawing is delicate and sensitive, and has a beautiful vulnerability of mark that is ultimately overpowered by the striking red pigment added later in the evolution.  The fourth image revealing a dominance of white textured plaster surrounding a central focal point is arguably the most arresting and unexpected image in the grouping. While I imagine you view it simply as an unfinished piece, its formal characteristics, particularly the relationship between color and white gestural brushstroke, nicely celebrate the artist’s hand.   The (first) final image of the chair is satisfying in its own right as the viewer can appreciate the buildup of labor and aesthetic decision making leading up to utilitarian form.  But I do think it would be nice to preserve some of the progress images as a related series of two-dimensional works.

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