This painted construction is a three-dimensional relief sculpture. The artist cuts layers of aircraft grade birch ply-wood, meticulously finishes them into desired shapes, then paints and assembles them. The finished work is mounted within a large wooden shadow box frame. The piece at first appears to be abstract but is actually based on a real object. Although the subject is humorous in nature, there is serious consideration given to the formal elements of composition, color and pattern.
The title is a give-away to the subject matter. The paisley toilet seat was a humorous Christmas gift one year from the artist’s mother to use on the old pull chain toilet in his Greene Street studio. It also found its way into the Shuttle Craft print series in “Experimenting With My Pull Chain Toilet In A Weightless Environment”.