My recent studio furniture work interrogates furniture as the product of craft and labor, two heavily loaded cultural formations. I often operate in a realm of irony and contradiction, simultaneously respecting furniture’s long craft tradition but also working irreverently with furniture objects. Working in this manner I seek to find my own voice and place within the historical arc of craft.
As machines have changed production methods and materials, the difference in value and quality of object between artisanal handwork and production work (by human hand or machine) has drastically increased. Manufacturing technologies, driven by desires of economy and profit directly shape the image of the furniture we surround ourselves with daily. By modifying, repairing, and tweaking found furniture or found designs, I am able to begin a conversation with the viewer which is already charged with rich history and meaning for both artist and audience.