Ellen Bell: Camera Obscura and Other Stories
Offsite exhibition by Four Square Fine Arts at The Gallery in Redchurch Street, London
24–29 May 2011
by ANNA McNAY
Ellen Bell’s work has all too often been side-lined as craft rather than art, and, indeed, the painstaking methods by which she selects, cuts, pins and pastes sometimes minutely printed words and strings of text from dictionaries, plays, and novels, requires a most artisanal skill and precision. It would, however, be a mistake to pigeonhole the resulting works as purely decorative. Potent, intelligent, and moving are more appropriate words to describe her work, and reflect the artist’s intent.
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