Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, better known together as Jessie and Katey, are a husband-and-wife artist team headquartered in Baltimore that is known for producing large-scale murals that are vivid and colourful. They were recently contacted by the Turchin Center at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and asked to paint a stairwell on campus. The two worked together to produce an incredible picture in the form of a rug hung down the stairway. As a result, the drab stairwell was transformed into a living work of art.
In a recent interview, Jessie and Katey stated that they had known each other since college and have been collaborating on murals together since 2012. The group has mentioned that buildings serve as a source of creativity for them, and they endeavour to make each of their works as site-specific as possible. A remark made by the artists was, “Our style is motivated by the environment we’re working in.”
Jessie and Katey’s artistic duo are responsible for creating this breathtaking rug-shaped artwork.
The artists remarked that their work is only obliquely based on conventional weaving procedures and that they considered it would be entertaining to push the concept of textiles even further by adding tassels. Tassels were added to the artwork because the artists thought it would be humorous. Jessie and Katey said that they had completed several rug murals over the years. Still, this particular one was undoubtedly the most magnificent.
The artists shared their process by saying, “We essentially gridded out the whole stairs and developed an analogue loom as we placed it.” The angles and perspective were difficult to achieve at first, and there was a lot of math involved, but everything came together in the end.” We placed tassels at the end of the piece to emphasize the textile connection and give the feeling that people are walking on a rug.
The two individuals had such a good time when employed in Boone that they decided to remain there and continue working throughout the entire month.
The duo created an excellent work of art out of what was once an uninteresting set of steps.
Jessie and Katey have previously finished larger paintings, some of which were even more ambitious than this Philadelphia structure with six stories.
This company’s headquarters are in Baltimore. Robert W. Deutsch Foundation
Baltimore, Maryland, is home to a public art school known as the Maryland Institute of Art.
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