Jewelry Box Exhibit by Alison McLennan at Lireille
3980 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611
Exhibition Date: December 2, 2016 – February 4, 2017
Artist Reception: Friday 6 – 8 pm, December 2, 2016
I am drawn to making studio furniture because it fulfills my analytical need for order, as well as my creative need for expression. The meditative state of craft provides me the daily pleasure in my occupation, but the art provides me the meaning.
I believe the best art is an idea based upon knowledge and expressed with skill. It should reflect the past and hint at the future. Furniture is an intimate genre. It interacts with us by serving, stowing, cradling– supporting our bodies and our domestic activities in both personal and social ways. In doing so, studio furniture provides an intersection between design and life. I strive to make each piece express the right amount of visual information to make it art. I combine diverse materials and juxtapose lines and forms in honed proportions to build interesting, and hopefully poignant, compositions. Balancing modern and decorative, my work, like my personality, maintains a tension between ordinary and extraordinary.