Kerry Mott, Artist.
As featured in:
Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley's Believe It or Not!
It all started when...
I started experimenting with duct tape in high school and would create duct tape bags for fun and sale. I created designs on the front of the bags that became more and more intricate until I got to a point where the designs became art of their own. After high school, I attended Mount Holyoke College, but didn't really have time for duct tape. My college time was spent on Neuroscience and Pre-Med requirements, though I did hang some duct tape art in my own dorm room. After college, I briefly considered medical school, but ultimately decided that medicine was not for me. Thereafter, Kerry Mott’s Duct Tape Art was officially born!
My art is best described as “Duct Tape Pointillism.” I hand-cut thousands of duct tape pieces and layer each tiny piece to create a cohesive whole. Creating my own methods does come with some challenges. It took me a lot of trial and error in my methodology to get because I had no other points of artistic reference. All of that work has paid off, as I’ve been fortunate enough to win numerous art competitions, have sold 10 pieces to Ripley's Believe it or Not museums over the years, and have art all over the globe!
My most recent piece (see below), which is 16 x 8 feet, was featured at ArtPrize, the world's largest art competition, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. All in all, the project took 300,000 pieces, 3,000 hours, 26 rolls of tape, and 6 pairs of scissors to create! After the ArtPrize competition, the Guinness Book of World Records took interest in the piece, saying that they would like it to be featured in their new venue as their “premier piece” of art. So cool!
I love creating this art, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!