Nicholas Flaherty | Compulsion

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Nicholas Flaherty | Compulsion
Nicholas Flaherty, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Compulsion , 2020
Mahogany, liming wax
6 x 6 x 6" | 15.24 x 15.24 x 15.24 cm

I'm not sure why I feel compelled to make the things I make- why I have such a strong desire to make hundreds of nearly identical little elements and stick them together in a way that makes them stronger than the sum of their parts. Did it spring from building forts in the woods or playing with Legos as a child? Or does this urge come from somewhere deeper, somewhere more primal? I'm not sure I have the answer, but here is this thing I made.

I couldn't help it.

About the Artist
"I love to laugh. I love to make other people laugh. I never liked standing in front of crowds so standup is out of the question, and I'm not a great illustrator so comics were never really an option either. This is how I ended up at the next logical choice… woodworking. While an outright laugh is hard to come by through wood art I use my work to try and create objects and furniture that elicit a smile or a pleasant playful warm and cozy feeling from the viewer (I’ve been told this is the same feeling one experiences before freezing to death). I attempt this through my use of saturated color and playfully interacting lines and repeating forms (whatever that means)…
…Ugh, fine, I guess you could say that means I use bold shapes and colors that tend to lead to very visually loud pieces of furniture and sculpture that elicit memories of the 80s and 90’s, but with fewer shoulder pads."