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Jessica Bell

Monday, April 29, 2019 · No Comments

Jessica Bell is a Canadian artist I began following many years back. She had two shows on Art Hound’s sister site, Buy Some Damn Art, but I hadn’t seen her work in a while. It turns out that in the last few years she has blossomed and is making art on a much larger, more ambitious scale. These images are all from her 2015 MFA thesis, All things being equal. She also has a very fun quilt series from 2018, Forty Days and Forty Nights (Making the bed)

This series is really about exploring canvas as a medium. I appreciate that it is both serious (her exploration of lines, shapes, composition, repetition, juxtaposing incongruent parts) and playful (in this series I see bean bags, flour sacks, drying laundry and printed textiles ready to be cut.) It’s exciting to see one of my favorite artists building off of an already impressive body of work, pushing boundaries and doing new things.

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