Update on Furniture for Becoming Independent

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1 of 16 painted panels by the artists at Becoming Independent

Late last week I received the first batch of panels painted by the artists of Becoming Independent, exploring the theme of ‘space’. There will be a total of 16 panels (2 per chair), all painted in acrylic on plywood boards, to be mounted in the backs of chairs I’m making for a children’s playroom at their Santa Rosa facility. It’s been a wonderful collaboration and already has me planning a more robust series exploring the panel-on-frame furniture concept with these artists. As I assemble the chairs, I’ve been researching historical precedent and have found a wide range of influences, from the early 20th century furniture of the Byrdcliffe Colony to the religious icon painting of feudal Georgia, especially the Khakhuli Triptych.

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detail of the Khakhuli Tryptich, 10th-11th century (public domain image)