Before the Wind, 2018
Wood, plaster, clay, thread
26 x 8 x 6 inches

Between Nothing, 2018
Wood, Porcelain
15 x 4 x 9 inches

Space for the Sky, 2018
Foam, wood, flocking and clay
28 x 5 x 15 inches

Listening to Opera, 2018
Clay, wood
14 x 9 x 5 inches

 

Then Again

This new series of small works have evolved into a practice opening new avenues for the investigation of the boundary between color, material and form, because of the scale combined with the artistic process, there is a palpable spontaneity inherent in these works-a quirkily liveliness, they are delicate amalgams of many media, thoughtfully constructed and balanced. My sculptures are embedded in the formal language of spatial composition. Color, contrasting material textures and distinctive form are the dominate features in the work. The sculptures straddle the space between representation and abstraction.

Stacked  work:

These new  floor pieces— a series of vertically oriented works that the artist considers as still lifes. They are stacked, delicate amalgams of many media, thoughtfully constructed and balanced. These works directly relate to the some things through use of color, physicality and relatively intimate scale. The stacked format references the human form and recalls diverse visual references such as Isamu Noguchi, Constantin Brancusi, and the iconic American skyscraper. Bell states:

I work with a range of materials, some fabricated into distinct forms, others utilized in their found state. Through my work, I seek out the material that at any given time best expresses the form I want to capture. The assembled elements, along with the addition of brilliant color and pattern, reference the natural world blurring the lines between inside and outside, nature and artifice. My sculptures are embedded in the formal language of spatial composition straddling the space between representation and abstraction.