My previous body of work was largely experimental, exploring impressions through photo media. During rare moments alone in the landscape these are captured with slow shutter techniques and the images are later edited. This an intuitive and experimental process evocative of my printmaking and painting background. The movement or blur of shadows, trees or water is invitation to awaken, be present to the return of the tide or air currents in the trees and seek a response to something other than a static classical landscape. While exploring these methods I consider the technologies that go into creating smartphones and cameras. I think about 'fast technologies turnover' which could impact on the environment as fast food impacts our bodies. I am aware of my own part in this and the seduction somehow owning, and storing every experience. My work seeks to represent a mindful expression of that in nature that is extraordinary.
My photographic work explores light, colour, impressions and emotion through digital imaging.
I capture wild and natural places around the eastern states of Australia, seeking rare and intimate moments alone in the landscape. At times these are captured with slow shutter techniques and the images are later edited, forging an experimental relationship that calls upon an intuitive process and evokes my printmaking and painting background.
By capturing the movement or blur of shadows, trees or water I am inviting the viewer to awaken, be present to the return of the tide, the sea spray from a wave or air currents in the trees and seek some emotion or response to something other than a static classical landscape. It is an expression of the lost innocence of nature, such as the scarred landscape of wildfires that have affected pristine landscapes, suggesting climatic changes. In an existence over-occupied by the image, I am exploring lost moments and poetic beauty of the landscape.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Sarah Bell positions her practice at the nexus of photography, printmaking and painting; seeking to uplift the medium of photography through her engagement with slow and considered technical processes of care and experimentation most likened to the traditional mediums of painting and printmaking.
She studied at the Victorian College of the Arts under the guidance of renowned Australian photographer, Bill Henson, completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1985 with a printmaking major. She has since exhibited locally at Linden Gallery (now Linden New Art), Brunswick Street Gallery and Artistcare Gallery in Melbourne. She was awarded the Sheila Kirk Award for Printmaking and the Geelong Grammar School Foundation Board Award for studies in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Sarah Bell is a finalist in the 2017 Lens Mist Awards.