The newly opened Ruby City in San Antonio has acquired San Antonio-based artist Katie Pell’s sculpture, Bitchen Stove (2006). Purchased from Pell’s Bitchen series, in which the artist customizes kitchen and other home appliances such as a vacuum cleaners, toasters, washing machines and stoves, the work “inverts the feminine, functional spaces of the home into the indulgent, male realm of custom car culture.”
Bitchen Stove was created during Pell’s 2006 residency at Artpace in San Antonio; the Bitchen series features repurposed appliances with performative elements, all painted with racing stripes and other nods to car culture. Writes Pell, in a press release from Ruby City: “I looked… the different sub-genres within that culture. I made things as if I was pretending to be someone who was really into each of those genres, for example Malibu style, glittery lowrider, etc.”
Pell’s work relates to pop and contemporary culture, and finds a home in Ruby City, the home of Linda Pace Foundation’s permanent collection, and deepens the collection’s feminist perspective and commitment to Texas-based artists. Bitchen Stove compliments other works in the collection by Mona Hatoum, Ana Fernandez, Andrea Bowers and Alex De León, whose works also often empower domestic objects and environments.
Pell was born and raised in Wilmington, DE., received a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design. Later in life, Pell received an MFA from University of Texas at San Antonio. She has lived and worked in San Antonio since 1995.
Her artwork is in the permanent collections of the New Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, and Linda Pace Foundation. Pell has held residencies at Anderson Ranch, Artpace and Pilchuck Glass School, as well as public art commissions throughout San Antonio. In 2018, she exhibited her work at Columbia Museum of Art, SC in an exhibition titled, “Something’s Happening; The Big Art of Katie Pell.”
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