In her previous career as an interior architect, Catherine Mackey created highly designed environments. Now, as an artist, she finds beauty in the non-designed and the accidental. Mackey explores the “pragmatic architecture” of the cities she visits. She looks for inadvertent patterns created by the necessity of manufacture and industry, and she discovers forgotten stories told by layers of construction scars, signage, and abandoned artifacts. In her creative process the playful interaction between collage and paint speaks to these layers of narrative found in the urban environment, reaching down from rooftops and walls to the very foundations of its waterfront edges.Mackey lives in San Francisco and works from her studio in a converted mayonnaise factory in the Mission District.