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Sarah Knouse
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: My fascination in our culture’s relationship with decoration and surface treatment plays a large role in my work. Through my current art making practice I explore themes of ornamentation and superficial grandeur as they occur at a domestic scale. I have combined notions of quotidian household surroundings with those of the ephemeral and surreal. Furthered by my experiences as a faux-finish painter and interior decorator in suburban neighborhoods, I am intrigued by the relationships that we as individuals establish with our private spaces and possessions. Throughout my interior design work I spent the vast majority of my time camouflaging pristine drywall and newly manufactured surfaces to mimic a range of artificial materials – from decaying plaster and weathered paint, to glossy marble and fine wood grain. Through these experiences not only have I gained an appreciation for the fleeting nature of contemporary modes of adornment, I have also come to question ideas of the exotic. Aside from generating aesthetic appeal, the objects and processes we employ to dress our homes perform many uniquely important functions. They allow us to in some ways author our own personal histories, and can even serve as projections of our unique ideals and aspirations. I am curious about the place where these constructed ideas and fantasies make contact with real life.
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