hand-cut laminated Mahogany wood veneer with lacquer finish
70" x 47"
These pieces are hand-cut from thin sheets of wood veneer - a material that is rich in associations as well as contradictions. Composed of solid wood, yet outlandishly flat - they challenge the very definition of "object". Using a penknife to cut intricate lace patterns into the veneer, this work is strongly related to my painted and layered Mylar cutouts, but with a very different focus. Here, I am interested in exploring the nature of wood as a material - and in particular, the dynamic transformation created between material and image. In these pieces, both the furniture and its innocuously decorative doilies have morphed together into one large, absurdly delicate object, compressing and distorting both image and material. Humorous, contradictory, and quietly subversive, the doily has gone wild and the wood has been fully domesticated.