Port and Starboard are twin mirror-image collaborative pieces built by Garrett Hack for the 17th Annual New Hampshire Furniture Masters’ Exhibition at the Concord Historical Society in Concord, NH and the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH in 2012. Featuring panels painted and gold leafed by me. The professional image was taken by Bill Truslow in Portsmouth, NH.
Garrett’s inspiration for these pieces were the beautiful straight grain and color of the fir as a material to work with and the hull shapes of wooden boats. Time spent in Rockport, Maine and Port Townsend, Washington have impressed on us a bi-coastal appreciation of sea-faring culture.
The theme for the paintings on the small panels became the vastness of the ocean. As a land-dwelling creature I experience that kind of water on a much smaller scale than a boat or a fish. It’s the ever-changing interaction of the ocean surface reflecting the sky that most impresses me along with a sense of the history of drawing wealth from the ocean itself and the access it provides to exotic lands.