Project Muddy Monster


Client: Katrina Lynn Art

Recently, artist and interior designer Katrina Lynn has been working on a large art installation for a local Culver City restaurant. The project has been in the works for a bit; now it is fully installed. Congratulations Katrina!!

First, a bit of background: Husband and wife team Whitney and Julie, owners of Muddy Leek along with the event catering business, Bon Melange, commissioned Katrina for a new work to be hung on the walls of their restaurant. Muddy Leek, which opened in October of last year, occupies a great location, right in the heart of the arts district of Culver City – a stone’s throw from a number of galleries, architecture and design offices, studios and even just across the street from our friends at CoolHaus. We were first introduced to Bon Melange through Ginna when we were invited to and attended an underground dinner. Not knowing what to expect, we attended our first (of many since!) and were equally amazed and impressed, by the food and atmosphere leaving each time with full, happy bellies. Through BM catered events and subsequent ML underground dinners we developed a friendship with Whit and Julie. Interior designer, blogger extraordinaire, and fellow man-about-town, Christian is also a fan. Underground has come up for air: Whitney’s culinary creations are available Tuesday through Saturday for lunch, happy hour, and dinner at 8631 W Washington Boulevard.

Through this connection and their appreciation of Katrina’s work as an artist, Julie asked if Katrina would be interested in creating art designated for the (large) wall space above their restaurant’s bar. The bar is a prominent feature of the design of the space, and with a two-story open plan quite a large vertical extends upward above the functional display shelving situated directly behind the bar. Basically, it’s a twenty foot by eight foot blank white wall that beckons for artistic expression. 

With (just a little) coaxing and encouragement, Katrina was committed to creating new art for the space. She decided to work on a triptych of canvases spanning over fifteen feet – her largest scale of work to date. Friend and art mentor Ken volunteered his studio for Katrina to work in since the three 5’x6′ canvas panels hardly left any room to work in her normal workspace.

Dubbing the endeavor “Project Muddy Monster” Katrina tracked her progress, providing updates and sneak peeks through instagram. The hashtag #projectmuddymonster became an additional artistic outlet and a diary of her process.

the studio


the first layer

experiments in technique

more circles


dark clouds

Duey, the studio assistant

almost done

lettering studies

friends and supporters

going up

final installation

With two gallery showings in the past year and this new large scale work on public display, we are helping provide additional vehicles for artistic expression even outside of her daily pursuits of creativity as an interior designer.

We are celebrating Katrina‘s accomplishment with an artist reception and gathering of friends hosted at Muddy Leek. Check #projectmuddymonster for highlights and pics from the party! Thanks to Julie and Whit for being hosts and patrons. Thanks to Ken and Mindy for providing the studio and so much encouragement. And most of all, congratulations again to Katrina! Well done!!!


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Man on the move, Director @ensemblezkg, Host of @DesignInConvo Podcast, Triathlete, CrossFitter, Ironman CA 70.3 Finisher
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2 Responses to Project Muddy Monster

  1. Kudos to you and the magnificent Mosh!
    Ms. Amy Melin and I cannot wait to see the finished work in-situ and toast your collective genius.

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