Chairs

This project began as an exploration into the foundation of my visual language. I decided it was very important to draw. For one, drawing is a very primal activity. We have evidence of drawing before any sort of written language. And like most children, my parents armed me with pencils and paper to scribble on long before I was able to write language, or even speak. Drawing is also the antithesis of the technological life I lead, so much of which is lived in a distanced, isolated digital realm. My own human mark reminds me that I am matter, not pixels and a screen name. and finally, it seems a lateral transition: when one learns a written language, he or she learns with a pencil and paper; therefore, as I learn to “write” through drawing. I learn with pencil and paper. Looking for a basic element with which to “speak”, I chose the chair, which appeared to be an obvious choice.

This work examines the way “chair” speaks in my visual language, and the depth of information communicated by such a simple symbol. It can speak of cultures/philosophies/social classes. Arranged, “chairs” are the setting/remnant/symbol of human experience. Alone, “chair” stands for the individual and the type of individual that might own such an object. It can reference a chair from your memory or confront you with the unfamiliarity of a chair you’ve never seen. Layers of “chairs” simulate a passing/rehashing/exploration of time. “Chair” speaks volumes.