Laura Stratte

Laura Stratte

Nevermore

When I was in art school in the early 90s, I became interested in decorative art and design where the primary focus was style, form and composition. The deeper meaning, if present at all, was secondary. That interest continues to this day, and my initial goal for this chair was to create a piece where design trumped any overt meaning or theme.

Laura Stratte's chairHowever, as I was working on the chair, the design began to morph into one that clearly suggested Halloween, evoking a sense of eerie spookiness. If I’ve learned anything from having cancer, it’s been that you just need to go with the flow, so that’s what I did. I embraced the inherent theme I had inadvertently created and decided to run with it, incorporating elements based on the master of spookiness himself, Edgar Allan Poe. The result: A haunting chair based on “The Raven” with two “grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird[s] of yore.”

Shhhh . . . If you’re quiet, you just might be able to hear them croaking “Nevermore.”