Curator‘s Comments

Rosanne Somerson has been called “a consummate technician, aesthete, and breaker of barriers” who believes that pieces of furniture should be more than utilitarian, inanimate objects. In her work, Somerson seeks to achieve a physical, emotional, and intellectual engagement between what she calls her “furniture object” and the viewer/user.  Her Bench for Smith Collegeis made of wenge, an extremely dark wood native to Africa.  She created contrasting colors in the bench through a bleaching process that whitened the wood in parts of the seat and legs.

Rosanne Somerson. American, Born 1954

Bench for Smith College, 2003


18 1/2 x 24 1/4 x 76 7/8 in.

Gift of Jane Chace Carroll, class of 1953

ID Number: SC TR 6435.9