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Jane Ritchie


2011, Leather, wood, foam, wire, felt, hemp cord, 4.5'w x 6'h x 4.5'd

This piece was inspired by conversations I had during my first year reviews at Cranbrook. Much of my work
at the time was a strong material study using leather
and other media. Conversations about form and structure inspired me to take my work and play with
the scale and interaction possibilities between the viewer and the object. The chair is a wood skeleton cushioned by memory foam and organic wool felt. The exterior consists of a suspended layer of leather that rests on atop the 6 skeletal frame pieces. The combination of the strong skeleton and the fragile suspended leather is a juxtaposition of durability levels that I have been exploring in my studies.

Jane Ritchie - Untitled

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Due to the building guidelines that are in place in response to the COVID-19 situation, we are unable to install a new art exhibit in our Farmington Hills, Michigan and Fort Worth, Texas offices.

Thankfully, the majority of artists who currently have their work on display in our Michigan and Texas locations have graciously allowed us to continue to do so through the spring of 2021. We would like to extend a huge thank you to those artists and we look forward to continuing with a new exhibition in the summer of 2021.