Imagine Ikea furniture made out of playdough, or the doll’s house of your dreams. Imagine you have any materials at your disposal to create things for your home, even materials that don’t exist in this natural realm. If you imagine hard enough, you might just find yourself dreaming up one of Katie Stout’s creations.
Stout makes unearthly objects that blur the line between art and furniture including lamps, chairs, shower curtains and rugs. They bring a touch of the otherworldly to a home or gallery space, as if some of Stout’s imagination has spilled out and is running wild, making it’s home in a usually mundane space.
Items such as ‘Utopia Table,’ constructed of painted wood and laminate are so delicate and perfect they look like they should be preserved in glass, never to have crumbs spilt on them. This is where the line between art and functionality becomes apparent, a line Stout tiptoes over, tempting us to cross.
One can only imagine what Stout’s own house would look like; chicken bone benches, pastel lamps, gold lame´ rugs.. a dream of beauty and purpose.
Words/ Ruby Giles