This is the very first in our series of “Angle on Artists”! I’m so excited. And our first artist we are “Angling On”, is Maine and Berlin based, Ethan Hayes-Chute, who through paintings, sculptures, large-scale installations and artist’s books, explores the ideas of self-sufficiency, self-preservation and self-exclusion as models for living. I am so drawn to the Treehouse above. Although it’s not a toy, I would not be able to keep my hands off it!
In recent years, Hayes-Chute has propelled his work from miniatures of shacks into amazing life size models of self-made abodes. Hayes-Chute envisions the homes as being built slowly over time as materials are hunted and gathered. Each installation is a museum of artifacts- messy, dusty and disorganized. As a visitor, one is meant to feel like Goldilocks, happening upon the home of the Three Bears when they are out. Here is your chance to see how a hermit in the woods might live.
All of the wood, knick-knacks, and furniture for the shacks are found and salvaged. Says Hayes-Chute, “For the structure of these works, I concentrate on harvesting lumber from abandoned woodpiles, dumpsters, construction sites and the basements, garages and barns of friends and family.” The installations are designed to transcend eras and decades – antiques are placed next to modern day objects as though the hermit had just found something new. His recent installations have been displayed in Portland, Norway, Berlin and Maine.