1975,BFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI.
My work has used the traditional furniture form “Cabinet on Stand” and more recently “Game Table” as a vehicles to express the dissimilarity that exists between the prominent exterior architectural features of the furniture forms when first encountered and the vibrant engaging images of the interior façade found after opening the tops or doors.
The shapes and symbols used to embellish the exterior of the furniture forms have been inspired by the architectural landscape I’ve found along many of our highways…..industrial sites, wooden utility poles, electrical towers and bridges are but a few. The parquetry images found on the doors serves to create a visual interest that will entice the viewer to move closer and open the doors to discover what’s inside.
With the doors or tops open, an interior is revealed that is visually active, vibrant, and inviting. Often the architectural features that inspired the exterior design are displayed as marquetry images on the interior doors and drawers. Satellite view from space of cities, commercial sites, subdivisions, highway interchanges and airports are also inspirations incorporated into the marquetry found on the doors & drawers. These images from space are meant to first evoke a since of wonderment and awe, then ultimately a contemplative impression. The minute size and complexity of these images draws the viewer closer for a more intimate visual conversation with the furniture.
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