Over the past year, Elizabeth Lenny has crafted a new chair every two to four weeks. “The process began with harvesting wood from my family’s property in London, Ontario,” she explains. “I participated in the process of transforming the trees into lumber: understanding the landscapes they came from, milling the logs, and watching the effect of drying as the wood transforms. The ash was felled due to an infestation of emerald ash borer. The maple, standing dead in the forest for many years, was cleared to make room for the saplings around it. The walnut was cut down many years ago after it was struck by lightning.”
The series, which reflects “a learning process, an embodied knowledge that develops when engaging with material” is on display at Relative Space as part of DesignTO’s King East Design District (KEDD), a hub for design, art and culture in the heart of Old Town Toronto.