© 2019 Pat Bell.

Statement

Pat's first  influence, after the advent of the internet, was a young Japanese artist called Buna, (Masato Takahashi) who used music, dance and dramatic movement in his live performances (2008 and on), to create his paintings; his strokes directed by his movements and emotions. His work gave her a link between her first loves of music, dance, and painting. 

 

She doesn't pre-prepare by drawing or sketchbooks, believing that that dilutes immediate expression at the easel. She takes photographs beforehand to absorb that she finds inspiring, and paints with music; sometimes ethnic, sometimes classical, or world.

 

To keep the life in her work, Pat allows for change in the process. Her creation is an exchange between her and her subject.The main work she produces is expressionistic and mostly semi-abstract. Each work is considered to be a complete object in itself. What results is the end, not to be tweaked or perfected.

 

A 'guerrilla' approach to printmaking  – in that she uses what available materials she can find, without preconceptions of perfection. Accidents are welcomed, and half of the process, is the mystery of what will emerge; those discoveries which carry the work forward. Keeping the Life.

 

Most works are based on nature, patterns in nature; the apparent randomness of it, but its innate knowledge of its own determined, genetic direction. A large body of work came from the collection and study of stones from a nearby beach. Asemic writing became a fascination, but not an influence, except for a belief that the object brings its own history, and makes itself.

After working with the stones for the first two years, it seemed that they were organising their own progress, and ideas flowed smoothly from them, evolving into a series of paintings, prints, videos, and animalistic works about their creation. See The Stones Saga.