Since joining forces in 2011, Baltimore duo Jessie & Katey have been consistently creating large-scale murals striving to transform public spaces into playful and vibrant experiences. For their debut release “Now That’s What I Call A Screenprint” they duo have brought their playful flowing murals inside with two complimentary 4-color screen prints and a series of monoprints created exclusively for 1xRUN. Read on as Jessie & Katey talk about their debut self-printed release, their influences and much more. . .
1xRUN: Tell us a little bit about this piece, anything immediate you would like us to highlight about these images?
Jessie & Katey: We designed these pieces at the same time, they are siblings.
1x: What materials were used to create this original piece?
Jessie & Katey: We drew the original prints out by hand, then put them into the computer to separate the 4 layers out, and then they were screenprinted.
1x: When was it originally drawn and created?
Jessie & Katey: November 2017
1x: Tell us how the idea and execution came about for this image?
Jessie & Katey: We had been wanting to make a screenprint for awhile. We work so graphically that the screenprinting process really spoke to us. It was also a nice challenge to scale down the size of our work and make something that people could take home with them. It’s a bit more personal than a mural.
1x: How long did each of this image take to create from start to finish?
Jessie & Katey: Yikes. Definitely longer than they should have. :)
1x: What is unique about this piece compared with your other work?
Jessie & Katey: We’re usually creating large scale installations/murals. We tend to use a lot of bold colors. These prints are more intimate, with slightly muted pallets and more little details within the shapes.
1x: Why should people buy this one of these prints?
Jessie & Katey: They are little bursts of color that will brighten up any wall.
1x: Describe this image in one gut reaction word.
Jessie & Katey: complimentary : blue print = ocean + yellow print = desert.
1x: When did you first start making art? What was your first piece?
Jessie & Katey: We’ve been collaborating together for about 5 years. But we went to art school together and really developed alongside each other during that time. Our first public piece was a mural funded through Baltimore City.
1x: What artists inspired you early on? What artists inspire you now?
Jessie & Katey: Early on it was Lee Bontecou and Hundertwasser. Now it’s Brent Allen Spears aka Shrineon.
1x: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what?
Jessie & Katey: We listen to music, podcasts, and the radio. Kind of depends on the mood of the studio.
1x: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why? Any deceased artists?
Jessie & Katey: It would be really cool to design an entire music video set for Missy Elliot. She’s amazing, always has great dancers, it would be a new way of thinking for us. [For the latter] Roberto Burle Marx. Love the way he transforms public space.
1x: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it? The last?
Jessie & Katey: It was a found object wall relief from someone we went to school with. It still exists. The last was some Kat and Roger Pottery.
1x: Any big shows or events coming up that you’d like to share?
Jessie & Katey: We’re doing a really big mural at Maryland Institute College of Art in the Spring . We’ll be using a lot of recycled plastic bags, trying to push our work and make it more 3D.