Artist Statement: Chris Tatum has worked with wood all his life. A migrant of Miami Florida, he moved to Gainesville in 1978. He is a craftsmen of fine furniture and cabinetry for over thirty-six years and has since reinvented his art form to focus on woodturning, the art of shaping forms on a lathe to create functional and sculptural objects. Utilizing discarded material, Chris meticulously crafts beautiful works of art from his imagination. His work not only serves a functional purpose, but is aesthetically engaging and thought provoking.