Form & Material

cedar, poplar

"I sense Light as the giver of all presences, and material as spent Light. What is made by light casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to Light" - Louis Kahn 

 

This project began with my curiosity to bend wood. To study the material, I turned to the masters of bending wood - and refinished an old Eames DCW chair. I then began milling and bending wood myself through several processes. What resulted were composed laminated arcs and freeform squiggles. Each bend is modular - it is a component of a larger piece.

The ceramic vessels in the gallery show are also an extension of form, material, and light. Notice the texture of the large pot - hand built through coiling and pinching - reflects my hands used to manipulate the material. The light finds its way into little crevices, dramatically spotlighting areas and moments of texture. 

Status: Complete

Date: Fall 2020

Type: Artist Residency

Location: Groot Gallery, Northfield, MN

All photography and post-production by me

2021 © Paddy Mittag-McNaught