|DAVID K. CHATT||
2011. Found objects covered in sewn glass beads, wood table. 64”x 20”x20”.
Images proffered by artists are often inspired by angst-ridden times in a challenging world. I too have mined this territory for images and ideas that have informed my work.
Bedside Table is a different kind of piece. It is a work that was inspired by my father, Orville Chatt. His role as parent was complicated for reasons I do not need to talk about here. He faced challenges that might have left him bitter, mean or parsimonious. He was instead, a constant presence. He was supportive, kind and funny. My home was a haven. It was a place where I knew what to expect and I knew the people who shared it could be depended on.
When it came time to empty my childhood home, I became sentimental about the most unlikely items. My siblings and I were sorting through personal belongings and separating things into stacks, things that someone might want, things to go to charity, or things to throw away. I opened my father’s bedside table and looked at its contents. I knew there was no rational reason to save the objects found there. As I approached the garbage can, drawer in hand, I paused. I had never lived in a world where this place did not exist and it was suddenly unthinkable to see this collection of personal items cast into the waiting heap. I returned the drawer, as he left it, to the table. I now have the table and it’s contents in my home. It is as he left it. His table and its constancy has become a reminder of a man who gave me the gift of a stable and supportive upbringing and who loved his family. Bedside Table is a collection of fatherly things that remind me of my Dad. This piece is for him.
April 7 - 13, 2013 - Bead Your Way to Glory. Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina
"0 to 60: The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art." North Carolina Museum of Art.
March 24 - August 11, 2013
"BAM Biennial 2012: High Fiber Diet," Bellevue Arts Museum. October 2012 - February 24, 2013