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Featured Artist: Kate Bingaman Burt

Categories: Art + Graphics

How clever! We’ve found an artist and illustrator that makes drawings of all her daily purchases. Not only do they create unique, quirky sketches as art, but they become a visual catalog of all that someone spends over the course of a week, month and even year.  Under the moniker of “Obsessive Consumption,” Kate Bingaman Burt records her purchases with almost scientific detatchment, but in a way that’s kind of fun, too. She also writes little notes about each purchase…it’s unclear whether the notes are for herself or for us, but as much as we’re impressed with how clever all the drawings are, we’re more impressed with how long she’s been doing this. From her website bio:

“Kate Bingaman Burt was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1977. She has been making work about consumption since 2002, teaching since 2004 and drawing until her hand cramps since 2006. Her first book, “Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?,” was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where, along with being an Assistant Professor and the program coordinator of Graphic Design at Portland State University, she also makes piles of work about consumerism: zines! pillows! dresses! drawings! paper chains! photos! Starting in 2002, she photographed everything she purchased (finished in 2004). In 2004, she started drawing all of her credit card statements until they were paid off (finished in 2010). In 2006, she started drawing something she purchased everyday (still drawing!).” More here.

What do you think about her work? Would you want to see everything you’ve bought in a year illustrated?

Images: Kate Bingaman Burt’s website.

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