Curator‘s Comments

Polly Cassel is an accomplished maker of furniture as well as a printmaker; she also has a strong background in ceramics. Cassel traces her interest in furniture making to her childhood, when she made simple forms out of wood. In her bench for Sit Up & Take Notice!the artist used a mahogany slab to create the seat and poplar for the four legs. The seat was given a weathered or “distressed” look, and its edges painted in alternating bright colors, in a mosaic-like pattern.  Cassel chose poplar for the legs because it is a softer wood and more easily carved. The lower legs are organic shapes carved into a fanciful design, topped with corncob-like forms, drawn from nature, but not quite of nature.

Polly Cassel. American, born 1955

Bench, 2003

Mahogany and poplar with paint

27¼ x 24½ x 69½ inches

Gift of Tammis Day AC in memory of June Clemens Ewing