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Katie Bell
updated: 09/25/2012
website: www.katiebellstudio.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Tear Peak
Breaker
Blinded
Bedroom Wall
The Burial (Installation View)
Marble Mountain
The Remnants
A Night's Mission
Making Strides
The Maiden
Day Duster
Blue Eyes, Heavy Bluffs
Blue in the Night
Courtyard
Light Arrangement
 
Portfolio Keywords:  domestic, abstract, site-specific
 
 
Tear Peak by Katie Bell
Tear Peak
Acrylic, vinyl, plaster, wood, nails, drywall, foam, laminant, and vertical blinds on wall
2011
120" x  78" 
Breaker by Katie Bell
Breaker
Acrylic, foam, rope, vinyl, and paper on wall
2011
135" x  108" 
Blinded by Katie Bell
Blinded
Acrylic, vinyl, plaster, wood, carpet, and window blinds on wall
2010
138" x  72" 
Bedroom Wall by Katie Bell
Bedroom Wall
Acrylic, fabric, foam, paper, wood, graphite, and plastic on wall
2010
126" x  72" 
The Burial (Installation View) by Katie Bell
The Burial (Installation View)
Mixed Medias
2011
Dimensions variable
Marble Mountain by Katie Bell
Marble Mountain
Acrylic and vinyl on stretched fabric
2011
51" x  38" 
The Remnants by Katie Bell
The Remnants
Acrylic, wood, carpet, and window blinds on wall
2011
132" x  84" 
A Night's Mission by Katie Bell
A Night's Mission
VINYL, WOOD, FOAM, PLASTIC, CARPET, PAPER, GLUE, ROPE, DRYWALL SPRAY, LINOLEUM, AND ACRYLIC ON WALL
2012
168" x  144" 
Making Strides by Katie Bell
Making Strides
Acrylic, linoleum, foam, and plaster
2012
7" x  9" 
The Maiden by Katie Bell
The Maiden
WOOD, ACRYLIC, CARPET, DRYWALL, FOAM, LINOLEUM, PAPER, ROPE, AND HAIR CLIP ON WALL
2011
144" x  108"  x 74" 
Day Duster by Katie Bell
Day Duster
ACRYLIC ON STRETCHED FABRIC, METAL, AND WOOD
2012
56" x  36" 
Blue Eyes, Heavy Bluffs by Katie Bell
Blue Eyes, Heavy Bluffs
ACRYLIC, FIBERGLASS, WOOD, LINOLEUM, TOWELS, PLASTER, FOAM, TAPE, CINDER BLOCKS, AND FEUX GEODE BOOKENDS
2012
144" x  96"  x 132" 
Blue in the Night by Katie Bell
Blue in the Night
ACRYLIC, VINYL, DRYWALL SPRAY, AND CARPET PADDING
2011
120" x  78" 
Courtyard by Katie Bell
Courtyard
Acrylic, linoleum, graphite, and plaster
2011
10" x  8"  x 1" 
Light Arrangement by Katie Bell
Light Arrangement
VINYL, ACRYLIC, WOOD, GRANITE, LAMINANT, FOAM, AND CARPET ON WALL
2012
144" x  72" 

Artist Statement

In my work, I am both a home-maker and a home-wrecker.  I am in constant management of the elements that comprise the home while at the same time disassembling its contents: pulling up the rug, opening the closet, and turning up the blinds. This building process is one of excavation through time and place.  It is through material that ideas are allowed to unravel.  Using the language of abstraction through an excavational lens has allowed my process to become more articulate about the obscurities of buried, domestic spaces.  I am interested in the ways that home surfaces (carpet, wallpaper, linoleum, vinyl, etc.) relate to abstraction and how the building process relates to making a painting. The psychology and anxiety of choice plays a major role in both the decorating world and in the realm of painting.  Within both practices, the idea of remodeling is a way to move forward in the creation process. In the home, remodeling is a way to make new or to cover up the past.  In terms of abstract painting, remodeling, for me, is an unsettling struggle between hiding and revealing.

Artist Bio / CV

Born Rockford, Illinois 1985
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY 
 
Education
2011  Rhode Island School of Design, MFA with Honors, Painting
2009  Knox College, Galesburg, IL.  Post Baccalaureate Fellowship Program
2008  Knox College, Galesburg, IL.  BA Degree Cum Laude with emphasis in Studio Art and Race and Gender Studies
 
Solo Exhibitions
 2009 “home work”, BOX Gallery: Galesburg, IL
 
Group Exhibitions
2011  “Living Arrangements”, PLUG Projects, Kansas City, MO
2011  “Off the Wall”, Visceglia Gallery at Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ
2011  “Small Crowd”, Mixed Greens, New York, NY
2011  “Out of Practice”, Art Blog Art Blog curated by Nudashank, New York, NY
2011  “RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition”, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
2011  “New Insights 2011”, Art Chicago with NEXT, Chicago, IL
2011  “we care a lot”,  Sol Kofler Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design
2011  “Scale: LARGE & small”, Kortman Gallery, Rockford, IL
2010  “Painting Department Biennial”, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design
2010 “Interriuer/Exterieur”, Dubois Galerie, Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, France
2010  “Boston Young Contemporaries 2010”, 808 Gallery, Boston University
2010, “Totemic”, The Gelman Gallery at the Chace Center, Rhode Island School of Design Museum
2010, “2010 Midwestern Biennial”, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
2009, “One Bite”, BOX Gallery, Galesburg, IL
2008  “hook. ladder. toilet.”, Ford Center for the Fine Arts: Knox College, Galesburg, IL,
2008   “John Bell, Katie Bell: 2 @22”, Kortman Gallery, Rockford, IL
2008  “Midwestern Biennial”, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
2008  “College Invitational at the Figge”, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA
2008  “Al Young Show”, Ford Center for the Fine Arts: Knox College, Galesburg, IL

 
Awards
2011/2012  Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, Space Program, New York, NY
2011 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award