The "Girls" series presents stylized female nudes as domestic objects, meant to satirize the objectification and traditional role of women by way of extreme kitsch. The "girls"- clearly adult women- are titled as such in a reflection of how society disempowers and fetishizes women by referring to them as girls. Despite their designated functions- as lamps, mirrors, and other household objects- the "girls" are noticeably distracted from the tasks at hand. Some might perceive their naked antics as misbehavior, but the point is that it's just behavior. There’s nothing naughty about it; women can be sloppy, weird, lumpy, mischievous and naked, and that’s just fine. The "girls" are my vision of utopia, where females can exist in a domestic sphere unencumbered from societal pressures and encouraged to explore and play. These works reflect a muddy emergence out of puritanical ideals; women taking shape from lumps of clay like goddess mudskippers in the form of quintessential domestic objects. They're simultaneously trapped as objects and liberated as freewheeling women.


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Brooklyn based designer Katie Stout (b. 1989) describes her work as "naïve 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 career to date boasts an impressive array of highlights including her fantastical "Bedroom Curio" exhibition at Design Miami 2015, which was photographed by Juergen Teller for a Barney’s Rick Owens campaign; a furniture collaboration with Bjarne Melgaard for his installation at the 2014 Whitney Biennial; winning the first season of HGTV’s series "Ellen’s Design Challenge" in 2015; being listed in Forbes “30 Under 30” in 2017; and collaborating with Jeremy Scott on his F/W 2018 collection. Her work was featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara’s 2017 exhibition, “Free Play” and is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Born in Portland, Maine, Stout grew up in New Jersey and holds a BFA from RISD. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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'Girl' Floor Lamp, 2018
Painted and glazed ceramic
60 x 26 x 15 in (152.4 x 66.04 x 38.1 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and R & Company

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'Girl' Floor Lamp
  • Dimensions
    60 x 26 x 15 in (152.4 x 66.04 x 38.1 cm)