Take A Seat!
I was delighted to be invited to “do something with a chair” project. I love doing things I have never done before. I was intrigued with the idea. I started collecting thoughts… chopping or replacing legs, nail heads on the seat, holes, hand painted upholstery, etc. It never dawned on me the chair would have metal legs and a bent wood seat and back…. and should be able to be sat on. I had to rethink… The little chair was a beauty. Very graceful, beautiful lines. Time was short for me. I knew I would loose at least a month of working as I would be on vacation…… what to do?….. I felt I had to stay in a format I was familiar with. The plan I decided to work with was the ‘theme’ I was using in my current paintings. That at least was a beginning. I took lots of photos of the chair in many different angles, upside down and looking at the shadows the slit made…. still thinking…. Time to go on vacation. I packed plenty of paper and pencils. While away I did 30 sketches of the the project. One image kept coming up that was the germ of an idea and seemed to work the best…. how to proceed? I decided to work with a Dremel and carve into this lovely wood.
It became an interesting project. I finished it on time …and then the deadline got changed. I could do more carving but I felt I had maintained the integrity of the chair and wanted it to remain simple.
With a new deadline, I got curious about doing a rubbing of the carvings. Having had almost no experience in this art form, I liked the challenge. After much trial and error and many ‘drawings’ with different tools and different papers I did succeed with something of interest to me. As a project for the near future I plan to carve 1 or 2 panels and do some ‘drawings/rubbings’ and see where it will take me.
40 local artists and designers creatively paint, decorate, cut, drill, and embellish 40 chairs. The exhibition culminates in a fundraising party and silent auction of the chairs on February 28, 2016. Exhibition runs January 27 – February 28, 2016