Artist: David Chatt

  • I work with tiny glass beads, sewn one to the next, in unexpected ways by unexpected hands. I am a 55 year-old, 6’5”, white guy; not what comes to mind when one thinks of bead-work.  A younger version of me worried about the fact that I was inexplicably drawn to a medium so laden with cultural and gender based bias. More truthfully, others worried and I worried that I should worry. I no longer do.

    I pursue images that transform, say something true and that move me, the maker, forward in some way.  My work tells of the odd world I inhabit.  It is a place that is more interesting than it is comfortable.  A perfect object is equal parts personal and universal, craftsmanship and concept.

    In my latest work, I limit my use of color and use beads as a reductive medium rather than as embellishment. I look for objects that hold meaning and can be seen anew when covered in tiny glass beads and meticulous needle work.   I am completely fascinated by the potential this offers.  An object covered in this way, is now less that object, and more the place where that object once was.  Like a memory held in time and space. Each bead and the thread that binds it marks and a reflection of a moment.  The accumulation of these marks becomes a meditation. I feel that this work has brought me closer than ever to understanding the narrative potential of these materials.

  • COLLECTIONS                                                                                                                                                                                                

    Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, 2010

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA, 2007

    Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, 2003

    Bead Museum, Glendale, AZ, 2003

    The Museum of Arts and Design, formerly The American Craft Museum, New York, NY, 2002

    The Kamm Teapot Collection, Los Angeles, CA, contact Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA, 1997

    Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI, 1996




    Honors, Grants, & Awards                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

    North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship recipient, 2014

    United States Artists, online grant campaign resulting in the creation & installation of 2000 lb. window in a residence, 2011

    Resident Artist, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, 2008-2011

    Vanderbilt University, Nashville, NC, artist residency, 2008

    Pilchuck School of Glass, Stanwood, WA

    Scholarship Recipient, 2007, 1994, & 1995

    Doug & Dale Anderson Scholarship Recipient, 2006

    Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR, Craft Biennial Merit Award Winner, 2003

    Portland Bead Society, Portland, OR, Purchase Grant Award, 2003

    Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA, Artist in Residence, 2001

    Artist Trust, award recipient from the Washington State Arts Commission, 2000

    Lillian Elliott Award, one of eight nominated for the by 3 anonymous notables in the field of Fiber Art, 2000

    Betty Bowen/Poncho Recognition Award, administered by the Seattle Art Museum, 1997