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TANGRAM OTTOMAN

2011

wool felt, natural dyes, foam, plywood

34”L X 34”W X 15”H

This oversized cushion is a joyful exercise in color compositional relationships, as a study of chromatic and proportional harmonies. The hues used to color the felt were chosen instinctually, while the composition is derived from the square configuration of the tangram puzzle; one of the most pervasive cognitive games extant in Eastern and Western cultures for over a millennium. That this particular composition has endured for so long speaks to its inherently pleasing appeal, though attempts at rationalizing this prove evasive. Investigations into the ambiguous balance between logical and intuitive decision-making form the crux of this work, as well as a longer-term exploration into the nature of aesthetics.