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Sunday, July 13, 2014

About the Cabinets

These works are part of a series that I started in 2011.

I am interested in the ritual uses of furniture, particularly cabinets.  The cabinet format, with its drawers and hidden spaces that might hide closely guarded secrets/objects, seems to me, a fascinating path to investigate.  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a German horror film of 1920 was an initial inspiration.

Are these objects art or not?  Do I call them sculptures or furniture?  I really don't care.  The difficulty of categorizing these pieces is part of what attracts me to make them.  I enjoy the tension between functionality and form in space.  I think they are interesting just sitting there whether the doors and drawers open and close or not.  Watching people, especially children, interact with these works is especially rewarding for me.

The works are made of hardwoods, drawn and painted elements, colored epoxy, found objects, hinges and casters.  

Thanks for looking.