Artists Jessie and Katey bring life and colors into an old and boring structure

Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, the artistic duo, are creating bright and vivid large scale murals. In an interview with DeMilked, they said that they have known each other since college and have been collaborating on murals since 2012. The Baltimore-based duo is truly inspired by architecture, and they try to make each of their works as site-specific as possible. They were approached by the Turchin Center at the Appalachian State University in Boone in North Carolina and asked to design a stairway located on the campus. Jessie and Katey ended up creating an impressive rug-shaped mural draping down the steps, transforming the dull and old stairway into a colorful piece of art. “We’ve actually done several rug murals throughout the years, but this one is definitely the most epic,” explained the artists, “There was a lot of math involved, getting the angles and perspective right was a challenge but eventually everything locked into place. To drive home the textile reference, we added tassels to the end of the piece, so people feel like they’re walking on the rug.”