(Re)Forming American Windsor
hand-sculpted wax, dura-lar film
4" x 6" x 4"
A series of five hand-sculpted wax 1:12 scale miniature American Windsor chairs in various states of deformation; each stands on a shelf made of folded translucent dura-lar film.
The iconic American Windsor chair symbolizes a turning point in American society's relationship to the handmade. Considered to be a democratic object and in high demand, the chair became the first item to be produced at the start of the industrial revolution. What was once an artisanal object was broken down into a series of steps, made by many hands. With only specialized knowledge of a single part of the process, workers became subject to stagnated mobility and opportunity. The Amercian Windsor chair stands as a symbol of the class system in which we live in today.