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Kayla R Thompson
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Red Hook



ARTIST STATEMENT: My practice occupies a space of inquiry and production between art and design with an interest in function and the intersection of art-object and objecthood. Drawing upon the ideas of design-affordance and adhocism, I subtly manipulate how functional objects are perceived. As I approach making, I think about everyday object interactions in my own life. What do I take for granted in object interaction? What objects may be reinvented to fulfill a specific need? Or install a ritual where one was not obviously involved? I want to highlight the presumptions that are afforded to furniture and the allowances given to space, practicality, and the social norms of interior design. A sculpture that looks like a chair is a chair but clearly it goes beyond its chairness. It questions the viewer’s experience of the object, be it delight, surprise, or uncertainty. Or, that sculpture is a chair and you can and should sit on it. I see my furniture acting as a foil to typical furniture design, clashing with cultural and aesthetic trends while simultaneously inspired by them. My concerns touch on consumerism, embedded value, and humor in human interaction, highlighting the in-betweenness of art and design.
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