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Dragon Fly Torche

Dragon Fly Torche

Title

Dragon Fly Torche

Description

Chris Martin received a BFA in Art and Design from Iowa State University and completed an MFA in Furniture Design at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. He has run Chris Martin Furniture, where he designs and fabricates studio art furniture, since 1995, and he is also currently an Assistant Professor at the Iowa State University College of Design.
Chris cites Japanese aesthetics, the natural world and fantasy as influences on his work but states,"I have come to realize, however, that there is a deeper, underlying drive influencing my designs. The environment in which I grew up continues to inspire me. As a child I lived in Keokuk, Iowa, a heavily industrialized river town with huge smoke belching factories, railroad tracks meandering through it, and a lock and dam that still amaze me. I am intrigued by the resiliency of nature and how she manages in some way, to take back what we try to claim from her...This is what drives my work: the manmade in unity with or in contrast to the natural."

Creator

Martin, Chris

Publisher

University of Iowa. School of Art and Art History

Date

2003
2004-12-27

Rights

Digital collection © The University of Iowa. All works are copyright the individual artist.

Relation

The Daily Palette Digital Collection
Visual Arts
http://dailypalette.uiowa.edu/?artwork=210
http://www.chrismartinfurniture.com

Format

88
36
28
Steel, Chichipata, Rice Paper

Type

Still image
Steel (Alloy); Rice paper (Nonfibrous paper)

Identifier

12272004.jpg
183409339
http://128.255.22.135/cdm/ref/collection/dp/id/1255