Ceramics, collage, and functional art by Kayla Thompson

Brooklyn, New York 23 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Ceramics, collage, and functional art by Kayla Thompson

Brooklyn, New York | 23 Sales

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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 I take for granted in that 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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  • Kayla Thompson

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    My current practice works in the realm between art and product design, making furniture and other domestic objects within a contemporary context. I am a MFA from the University of Oregon, currently located in Brooklyn, Ny

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How is value determined for a given handmade product in a consumerist society full of mechanically reproducible items?

The price attached to my objects are determined by amounts of time and material. Time is subject to cumulative skill value. Material is subject to actual material cost and perceived material cost. A lot more time goes into a given object that one thinks, unless that person already has a perspective and appreciation of hand craft. What I would pay for a given object, what I could afford to pay for a given object, and what the actual value of the object is could all be completely different. What do you value? How do you perceive the value of a given object? How much do you or would you attach to a given maker's skill? How much would you want to get paid and how much would you pay? Message me and we could discuss.