The shape of the afternoon
DeCordova museum Lincoln MA
HD foam, AstroTurf, wood, plaster, found objects and miniature willow trees.
”Bell has transformed The Terrace into a colorful sculpture garden where nature and its synthetic representation comingle. By incorporating bird decoys, Astroturf, benches, trees, and Blob sculptures in her installation, Bell invites a questioning of the “natural” in our everyday environment.
An avid gardener, Bell has spent the last twenty years exploring artifice, beauty, and the human desire to control our surroundings through her sculpture. Her installations activate the space between nature and culture, design and decoration, the organic and the artificial, and in PLATFORM 13, interiors and exteriors. By bridging indoor and outdoor spaces she considers the overlapping visual languages of interior design and landscape design. In doing so, she explores how we frame, simulate, and chemically alter nature in the name of aesthetics. In a year when more people will live in the built urban environment than in the countryside, Bell’s glossy gardenscape invites us to reflect on our increasingly complicated relationship with the natural world.” – Lexi Sullivan Curator