MFA Woodworking & Furniture Design
"The conceptual basis for many of my sculptural pieces involves removing function from objects we interact with daily. When an object (or person) no longer serves a function in our lives how does that change our needs and interactions? To that end, I have been exploring dysfunctional chair forms for a few years and find the biomorphic associations rich and exciting."
Chris was born and raised in the state of Maine, growing up in the same house for 18 years. Since that time, she has lived in several different areas of the country. Her undergraduate schooling resulted in a BFA degree from University of North Carolina Greensboro in Theatre Design and Technology. Her interest in theatre led to several jobs which focused on hands-on building. For several years she returned to the cold of New England in order to work as a Properties Master Artisan at a regional musical theatre north of Boston.
Upon reevaluation of her career choice, she pursued further training in woodworking skills through an MFA in Artisanry: Woodworking and Furniture Design from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth under the guidance of Stephen Whittlesey. Her pursuit of fine woodworking skills combined with the whimsical interests nurtured during her time in theatre led her to combine the two through the creation of sculpture. Her current work involves creating dysfunctional furniture forms that strive to emotionally connect with the viewer through their limited practicality.
During and after graduate school, Chris spent time at various art and craft centers, both as astist-in-residence and as assistant to master craftspeople. She has worked at Peters Valley, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Craft and Anderson Ranch Art Center. She has had the great fortune of working with master woodworkers such as Clifton Monteith, Brent Skidmore, Susan Hagan, Susan Workings and Jon Brooks.
Chris's artwork has been exhibited primarily on the east coast and can be seen in publications by the Furniture Society, as well as in 500 Chairs, produced by Lark Books. Her work can also be found in private collections in NY, PA, ME and NC.