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Katie Bell

Studio Building
Studio Interior
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Studio Location
The Remnants, 7 x 11ft, Wood, acrylic, carpet, and window blinds on wall
Breaker, 9 x 10ft, Acrylic, vinyl, foam, rope, and paper on wall
Sample 3, 9 x 12in, Acrylic, vinyl, and foam on plaster
Marble Mountain, 38.5 x 51.5in, Acrylic and vinyl on stretched fabric
Bedroom Wall, 6 x 10.5ft, Acrylic, wood, fabric, foam, paper, graphite, vinyl, and plastic on wall
Artist's Statement

I am both a home-maker and a home-wrecker. Pulling up the rug, opening the closet, and turning up the blinds are a source of material. This building process is one of excavation through time and place. It is through material that allows the ideas to unravel. 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.


Born Rockford, Illinois
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

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 “New Insights 2011”, Art Chicago with NEXT, Chicago, IL
2011 “we care a lot”, Sol Kofler Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design

2011/2012 Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, Space Program
2011 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award