Ingrid Bell

ABOUT

I’ve always had a sense that my creative practice originated early on (as a resource to accompany myself through difficult times) and an attempt at understanding my own internal experiences in relation to external events and in relation to others. This in itself is not unusual as such curiosity is a prerequisite and fundamental to all human growth and development. What may be more unusual is that I continued to develop this curiosity into a profession and split theorising about the human condition and art making into two separate trajectories.

I had been trying to keep my art practice and my psychotherapeutic practice independent of each other, mainly to separate my art work from being considered as an only inward looking process without consideration of the other, as if the viewer were of no consequence. Although my art image making does indeed draw on the personal, it is also to be shared with an audience /viewer as a contribution and connection of shared human experience.

A few years ago I decided to consolidate my art practice and my therapeutic practice with open acceptance that each practice influences the other and with that a new body of work has emerged.

This website has come about as a direct result of this self-collaboration between two professional practices where the field of thought between art and science is growing and merging rapidly in the field of neuroscience.

In the past, the subject matter of my image making has taken many twists and turns but stayed within the loose framework and concepts of ambiguity, loss and cultural identity. This ambiguity is referred to through images of natural and industrial landscape and the figure either as viewer or container of these landscapes.

Ideas around cultural identity are considered practically, through the use of layering semi-transparent images on top of each other evoking the idea of multiple experiences. Setting the images within the framework of the body also references the science of cellular activity carrying and creating multiple memories throughout the body. 

My practice is concerned with the brain/mind/body connection as visual interpretation or as a constant discreetly held awarness of self and others in daily living.