Artists: A - G: Laura Bell
This series of paintings is derived from biomorphic forms and cellular systems, as well as celestial objects such as constellations, nebulae, and galaxies. Image sources include both Hubble photographs and microscopic slide images of anthrax and Ebola, in an exploration of both the minute and the monumental.
The work is built up organically, with each step dictating the ones to follow. They begin with a single mark or cluster of marks, and then evolve and mutate as new elements are added. The addition of new component causes the collective to expand in a given direction, thereby instituting small changes that accumulate and affect the form on a larger scale.
The images suggest an inner space, populated by fluids and gasses, bacterial growth, paramecium, fungus, and mold. Through the exploration of microscopic forms that simultaneously hold both regenerative power and destructive potential, the images are both a celebration of the beauty found in the pulsating undercurrents of life, as well as the an acknowledgment of the powerful threat that these same forms can wield. Despite their intimate size, the paintings also refer to an outer, infinite space, which hints at both the source of life, as well as its absence.
Laura Bell received a BA degree from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and a MFA degree in printmaking from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Bell is a listed artist in New American Paintings; Condé Nast’s Domino Magazine. Recent exhibitions include: Museum Of Contemporary Art, Atlanta; Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia; Ruby Green Contemporary Art Center, Nashville, as well as a group exhibition in Berlin (Germany).