Through exuberant drawing, performance projects, and comic books, Katie Pell celebrates vernacular traditions, presenting a world without taboos or boundaries—one where anything is possible for those who go beyond given conditions and just “do.” Her works irreverently explore personal, gender, and cultural identity, as well as the potential for greatness in everyone.
Pell has completed two bodies of work focusing on the dormant fame in each of us. Pastel and ink drawings with titles such as The Poetic Mick (2003) and Mick from Chester (2003) use expressive color and angular lines to show ordinary people transformed into the persona of Mick Jagger. Pell also developed a large-scale hand-drawn and hand-bound comic book that humorously tells of the extraordinary impact of a Jagger apparition on the otherwise humdrum life of the artist as a teenager. In these projects and others, Pell delves into the role of fate and circumstance while creating a dichotomy between how we appear and who we would like to become.
Katie Pell was born in Wilmington, DE, in 1965 and currently lives in San Antonio, TX. She received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, in 1987. She has had solo exhibitions at Cactus Bra Space (2004), Parchman Stremmel Gallery (2003), and Southwest School of Art & Craft (2002), all in San Anotnio, TX. Her work has been included in exhibitions such as Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY (2006); Character Studies, University of Texas at San Antonio Art Gallery (2004); and Drawing in San Antonio: Works by Contemporary Area Artists, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX (2002).