Sylvie Rosenthal’s current work is a hybrid of furniture and sculpture, incorporating kinetic elements. Sound complicated? It’s not. With warm woods, smooth lines, traditional woodworking techniques and human-powered mechanics, Rosenthal is able to combine function, style and humor in one clean package.
Her “Birdie Suite” is a dressing table “used by one person, met morning and night, to tell tales of the day, both mistakes and joys,” says Rosenthal. A kinetic bird acts as reinforcement. Want to know if you are wearing the right earrings? Turn the crank, and the bird nods yes.
In addition to working as a full-time artist, Rosenthal teaches classes at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the Penland School of Crafts and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.The daughter of an artist, she grew up attending openings,museums and galleries, so making art for a living “always seemed like a realistic option.”
“I want to make striking work that people want to live with, and push the boundaries of woodworking as a sculptural medium,” says the Asheville, N.C., artist. Her work ranges from $1,800 to $12,000, and is available at Blue Spiral 1 in Asheville and the Penland Gallery in Penland,N.C.