Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn are a Baltimore-based artist team striving to transform public spaces into colorful and vibrant experiences. They’ve been collaborating on large-scale murals, installations and sculptures since 2001, with a specific focus on bringing art to Baltimore’s public sphere. Their dynamic paintings often incorporate recycled materials and break traditional mural format, spilling onto the ground. With consideration for the structural surfaces of the environment, each piece is specifically designed for it location. Recently they have been making large-scale textiles pieces, and experimenting with traditional dying techniques and appliqué. Patterns in nature, woven textiles, and bold color combinations inspire their aesthetic.
SEATTLE CENTER | JESSIE & KATEY | JULY 2016
artSEA's first public art project of 2016 invited artist team, Jessie & Katey, to Seattle to paint an 8400 square foot ground mural on the Seattle Center campus. Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn are Baltimore-based artists that transform public spaces into colorful and vibrant experiences. They’ve been collaborating on large-scale murals, installations and sculptures since 2001. Jessie and Katey have been featured in a number of national mural festivals and showcases, including Pow Wow Hawaii, Living Walls in Atlanta, GA, Open Walls 1 & 2 in Baltimore, MD, Wall Therapy in Rochester, NY, RVA Street Art Festival in Richmond, VA and 0+ Festival in Kingston, NY.
Their Seattle floor mural stretches the entire walkway from the EMP to the Seattle Center Armory and can be viewed from the Space Needle. This project was privately funded and made possible with a partnership with the Seattle Center and a generous donation from Sherwin Williams Paint.
The World is Fun volunteers worked with Jessie & Katey to host a Community Paint Day where teens from Urban Artworks joined in to paint on the mural.