TED LOTT •   Grand Rapids, MI

"Sculptural practices are at once defined and restrained by their connections to tradition. When viewing woodworking in the context of objects made with wood, housing – particularly stick frame construction – emerges as possibly the most widespread use of the material throughout the modern world. My sculptures examine the correlations between the language of furniture and that of residential buildings. By looking at the relationship of the body to the built environment, and superimposing architecture onto the human scale of a chair, the congruencies  between  these  two  forms  of comfort and shelter are brought into focus.

“One of the things that I love about woodworking is the incredible flexibility of the medium. There are so many things that you can do with the material in the realm of sculpture, furniture and beyond. It is a way of working that is truly accessible: a few basic tools and machines, and you can jump right in.”

Lott received his BFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design in 2005 at the Maine College of Art and his MFA in 2011 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been awarded numerous artist residencies, most recently at the Vermont Studio Center (2013) and Kohler Arts/Industry Residency (2014).

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