The Trustees of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial are proud to present the work of 2016 Fellow Katie Bell.
Bell makes sculptural paintings by constructing found materials scavenged from construction sites, craigslist listings, and anywhere common building materials are disposed of. She appropriates these materials into her pieces, combining the actions of sawing, tying, stacking, cutting, with paint strokes and splatters to create elaborate sculptural constructions that are energetic and directional. Bell is interested in how we relate to our man-made surroundings, and how the history of these materials fits into our visual language. She explores scenarios in which the artificial and natural occupy the same space or are confused, investigating how we use faux-finishes and veneers to cloak reality.
Bell has exhibited work extensively in a variety of venues, was an artist in residence at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Space Program, and was awarded a fellowship in painting by the New York Foundation for the Arts. Bell received her MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.