Although we tend to think of chairs as common objects and something we might quickly pick out at IKEA when we have an extra guest coming over, they haven’t always been so accessible. Historically they were reserved for the wealthy, while most people had simply made stools.  The extravagant and hand-crafted object associated with power was the chair. It even comes out in the way we use language today to describe heads of organizations as their ‘chair’ or the way we speak of ‘seats of power’. I created this series of chair mixed-media prints to explore ideas of who has had the privilege of sitting in the past, and further how the action, in general, has fallen in and out of fashion, depending on the time period.

©2018 by Gretchen Schermerhorn.