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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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  • Pastoral Flamingos
    2010
    plastic,wood, resin, fiber, mixed media

  • Pastoral Flamingos (Detail)

  • Untitled
    2009
    table, shag, string, resin

  • Untitled (Detail)

  • Cage
    2009
    string, resin

  • Cage (Detail)

  • Sanctity of the Parlour
    2009
    table, rug, yarn, resin

  • Sanctity of the Parlour (Detail)

  • Floating
    2009
    string, resin

  • Floating (Detail)

  • The Trimmings
    2010
    resin, fuax gilding, mixed medai

  • The Trimmings (Detail)

  • A Silver Platter Shrine for my Take-Out Swan
    2009
    aluminum foil, platters

  • A Silver Platter Shrine for my Take-Out Swan (Detail)

  • Drapery with Chandelier
    2010
    vinyl siding, cast urethane plastic

  • Drapery with Chandelier (Detail)

  • Crawl
    2009
    string, resin

  • Crawl (Detail)
 








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