Laura Bell

Laura Bell

Categories: Visual Arts

I often bury the elements I use as grounds in my paintings and mixed-media works—laser prints, magazine pages, found images—but I feel their pulse, the call-and-response with the paint. The picture plane is frequently in flux and fractured; repeated images echo. These images are generally a slow burn, not immediately decipherable but always the provocation for the brushstrokes around and over them. My opening image is a detail from "The History of the World," where laser-print cutouts of a Mars Rover and a Queens auto-wrecking yard stand in for themes of exploration and wreckage. Working in the studio in tandem with pre-existing images and found things transforms the world into material.

The "Pandemic Cemetery" series originated during the COVID-19 lockdown. I live in walking distance of Woodlawn Cemetery, in the Bronx, and drawing there with another painter, masked and distanced, created a sense of space in a compressed situation. Pencils, colored pencils, chalk, pastels, inks, china markers, crayons, charcoal—the contents of all the coffee cans in my studio came into play. Layered with the feeling of freedom came ideas that resonate, of memory, death, history, legacy. Of how we will look back on this time, and how it will change us.

“The Corpses” is an ongoing collaborative collage series with poet Ian Ganassi, who I met when we were artists in residence at the Millay Colony. The series is a convergence of text, drawing, painting, and found objects, which we've been mailing back and forth between NYC and New Haven, Connecticut, since 2005. To date there are more than 300 finished pieces, with work-in-progress often in transit. (

Always in view—no matter the media—is that click of significance, when some thing becomes something entirely else.

At Douglass College, Rutgers University, I studied with Fluxus artist Robert Watts, who gave me a deep appreciation for the spontaneous and serendipitous. My paintings and mixed-media work have been shown in New York, Provincetown, New Haven, Chicago, Philadelphia, Berlin, and elsewhere. In 2020 I received a Bronx Council for the Arts BRIO grant in painting.

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Visual artist - painting, mixed media, collage

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Phone: 3476248878

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