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Maker(s):Somerson, Rosanne
Culture:American (1954 - )
Title:Bench for Smith College
Date Made:2003
Materials:natural and bleached and pigmented wenge
Place Made:United States
Measurements:overall: 18 1/2 x 24 1/4 x 76 7/8 in.; 46.99 x 61.595 x 195.2625 cm
Accession Number:  SC MP 6435.9
Credit Line:Gift of Jane Chace Carroll, class of 1953
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

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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 College is made of wenge, an extremely dark wood native to Africa. She contrasts colors in the bench through a bleaching process that whitens the wood in parts of the seat and legs.

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