The way we talk about a chair points to the close cognitive relationship we hold between the object and the person.  Chairs have legs and arms and seats and backs.  Yet, no piece of the chair is called the head.  That is because we bring that to the chair when we sit down.  Basically the chair is a representation of the body at rest while the mind is left active.

The fusing of the person and the object is almost mystical sometimes, for example the queen on her throne or the chairman of the board.  The leader, or head of the organization or state is often tied to chair.  Again we see that the body of the leader is removed when they sit in the chair, and their group becomes the body which acts on the chairperson's decision.

The red chair in our mind is the observer for the active "body" of our self-image.

The Red Chair installation asks the viewer to place themselves into the chair as an observer.  They are invited to tell their own stories through the bodies of the figures in the installation.

 

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