Artist/Designer: Stephen Mark Paulsen
b. 1947, Palo Alto, CA
Title: Ceremonial Game Chamber 1987
Medium: Various woods (see details), gold leaf, and glass.
Dimensions: 10.5" h x 17" x 4"
Details: Here in Paulsen's Ceremonial Game Chamber, he has turned or fabricated in miniature scale; 3 large vessels, 2 chess sets - one hanging and one as a table and another special game set along with an Obelisk, 3 miniature goblets, a large turned platter and 2 architectural columns. Signature incised in the bottom right corner S M Paulsen 1987. On the back this work is signed Stephen Mark Paulsen, Santa Barbara, CA Jan - April 1987. The title, Ceremonial Game Chamber is written at the top along with the following list of woods used in this work: wedge, mahogany, birdseye burl, kingwood, ebony, juniper, manzanita burl, pernambuco, boxwood, purple heart, lauan, breadnut, orange ivory wood, taguanut, 23 kt gold.
Notes from the Archive: The son of an expert woodworker, Stephen Paulsen worked with wood from a very early age and was honored with his first gallery exhibition at only 15 years of age. He opened a shared studio in 1976 and specialized in complex jewelry boxes and wooden scent bottles. Later moving to his own studio, he began creating his unique wall constructions - part assemblage, part diorama using turning, carving, inlay and painting techniques to new levels of refinement. His works are included in numerous museum collections including the Smithsonian, LA County Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Art, and the Craft + Folk Museum. Paulsen's shadowbox pieces use dozens of turned and carved elements to create intimate interior spaces, rich with complexity, historic reference and a whimsical take on architectural scale. Every glimpse of the work reveals something new, A true treasure!
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