Abundance: Furniture Beetle Arm Chair

Furniture Beetle Arm Chair, Cut Paper by Gail Cunningham

Cut Paper
30" x 56"





I was struck by the natural environment in Ireland, coming from a city in the states. My work has focused on structured spaces-buildings & interiors, how we arrange them, and how that affects us socially. In this body of work I have begun to work on a larger scale, this allows me to use furniture in a new way. Giving more information to the object as opposed to where the object is placed. There is still a reference to placement, in that the shape, scale and perspective of each piece is the same, making them a set. A group. This creates the assumption they would be placed together, though how is left to the viewer to decide. Each of these chairs is representative of an experience or expression of abundance in their own way. 


The Furniture Beetle Arm Chair


The Furniture Beetle Arm Chair contains the life cycle of the beetle. From egg to larva to pupa to adult. The Furniture Beetle is best known in it’s larval stage as woodworm, when it eats through wood beams and antique furniture leaving holes on the surface where the adult finally emerges only to breed and begin the cycle anew. I was drawn to this beetle because of it’s prevalence in Ireland, to the point where “antique” faux-finishes sometimes include applied images of the damage from the larval feeding paths and emergence holes. 


This body of work was made during an Artist Residency in Ireland and shown at the Wexford Art Center in Wexford Ireland, and at Monster Truck Gallery in Dublin Ireland in 2011.