Artist: Ange Altenhofen

Title: “Scratch”

Attribution: "Scratch", 2018, Ange Altenhofen

Year: 2018

Materials: Cotton velveteen upholstery fabric, cotton batting, vintage wood paneling, gold leaf, cut natural gemstones including ruby, aquamarine, diamond, topaz, garnet, citrine, amethyst, peridot, and emerald

Dimensions: 12 1/2" x 8 1/2" x 1 1/4"

Image Statement: "Scratch" began its life as part of the armrest of a vintage sofa that my cat used as a scratching post. I was inspired to set precious stones peeking through the fabric and batting. How does the surface of a thing inform or create its interior? How can touching something transform it or ennoble it?