Combining unusual materials within her paintings is exactly how Katie Bell blurs the boundaries of her mixed media artwork. Rather than sticking to typical paints and canvas, Katie Bell chooses "domestic materials" like wallpaper, paneling, carpet and linoleum as her artistic mediums.
Popular design website Trendland quotes artist Katie Bell as saying, "Domestic material considered as painting language is the common thread within my work. I am interested in the ways home surfaces relate to abstraction and how interior decoration relates to painting." It's artists like these that the industry needs to continue to push the boundaries in the artistic world that allows for stunning and unusual visuals to be created.
Implications - Taking mundane products and giving them new life can be interpreted as a form of upcycling, which is currently very appealing to consumers. As an extension of the eco-movement, companies should be considerate of ways to use old objects and materials within their products and presentations to support upcycling.
Katie Bell Uses Unusual Domestic Materials Within Her Paintings
Emily Evans — September 1, 2011 — Eco
References: katiebellstudio & trendland.net