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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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  • Functionally Fine
    2019
    installation Variable

  • Functionally Fine, Detail featuring bottle
    2019

  • Tuft Cube
    2019
    Yarn, Carpet glue, backing cloth, upholstery foam
    26x26x26

  • What Even Is a Wall Hook?
    2019
    Ceramics, Hardware
    3 ft x 5 ft installation

  • Feels Venn Diagram
    2019
    Wool Yarn, Acrylic Yarn, Latex Glue, felt

  • Single-use Sad-Bag Rug
    2019
    Acrylic yarn, latex glue, felt

  • Candle Volcano
    2019
    Ceramics, Candles, Epoxy

  • Candle Volcano, Post Melt Detail
    2019
    Ceramics, Candle wax, Epoxy

  • Rest-in-Peace Dog Bed with geometric seating
    2019
    Yarn, Carpet glue, backing cloth, shredded upholstery foam
    38 x 24 x 6 in

  • Faux Fireplace Grate Candelabra
    2019
    Ceramics, Epoxy, candlesticks
 








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