Over the past two decades, Roberley Bell as created site-specific installations and sculptures, which often turn into large landscape projects. Her work explores the relationship between the man made and the natural. Her play with nature exposes the artifice of nature and examines ideas in related to the built environment. Exploring themes of time, space, memory and place, her constant juxtaposition of the natural and the artificial demonstrates our control of nature.
During her residency, Roberley Bell worked on a project, which she later titled “Perfect View”. Using watermarked and digitally printed images on handmade abaca paper, Bell continued to explore her interests in domesticity and landscape. Images of distant landscapes are framed by floral watermarks and printed on translucent sheets of paper. The transparent nature of the paper coupled with the decorated frame elicits the memories and feelings associated with looking out on to a landscape through a window.
Born in western Massachusetts, Bell received a BFA from University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MFA from the State University of New York at Alfred. She has also studied at the Tyler School of Art and Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.
Workspace Program artist-in-residence 2000