RISD Mindshare

Katie Stout '12/FD

Video documentation of Katie’s Mindshare presentation at RISD November 4, 2017.

Your Career of Making Art is Based on Uncertainty

Katie Stout describes her work as "naive pop," a caricaturization of furniture as it is traditionally understood and of the motifs of suburban domestic life. She utilizes a diverse range of media and often unexpected techniques. Her expansive body of work includes lighting, seating, shelving, mirrors, carpets and curtains.

Stout's practice is shaped by an urge to subtly subvert utilitarian forms and function to create an experience that pushes just past the threshold of what is comfortable — encouraging her audience to consider elements of the so-called deranged and demented in their everyday lives. Stout's young career boasts an impressive array of highlights including her fantastical exhibition presented by Cultured Magazine at Design Miami 2015, a furniture collaboration with Bjarne Melgaard for his installation at the 2014 Whitney Biennial; and being named the winner of the first season of HGTV's series "Ellen's Design Challenge" in 2015.

Born in Portland, Maine, Stout grew up in New Jersey and holds a BFA from RISD. Her work has been exhibited by R & Company, Johnson Trading Gallery and Karma in NYC, and Nina Johnson (formerly Gallery Diet) in Miami. Stout lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Artist and Designer
Katie Stout,
Brooklyn, NY

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