WORKS in PROGRESS

CATOPTRIC REQUEST, Concept

The Furniture Society's call to its member to create an upholstered object for their juried exhibition, "The Right Stuff", challenged me to make this work. I was in the process of finishing Blue Hope and I wanted to build on the surface techniques I had developed, that of rubber over a scrim covered cushion. The piece would juxtapose materials and ideas; soft wool versus hard steel, functionality of the top versus non-functionality of the padded underside. I began making the stool on September 9, 2001. Two days later the world changed. As I came to terms with my own feelings I expressed myself through this work; grinding and crafting the claw like legs; cutting and pulling a half mile of the thick yarn to make the soft nest-like seat. In the end I named it Catoptric Request as form of closure. Catoptric meaning, relating to reflected light. In my own way I am requesting that the light of all knowledge reflect on our world and myself.



September 9, 2001


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