Catherine Bell


Born in Sydney, 1969
Lives and works in Melbourne.

Catherine Bell's work is multi-disciplinary ranging from drawing, sculptural installation, and performance documented on video and displayed on monitors or as photographic stills. Her practice centres on autobiographical experience and her research explores the ways in which subjectivity, reflexivity, liminality, ritualistic performance process and artistic product coincide.

Bell graduated with both a BA in art history and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (sculpture) in Queensland before completing a PhD at Monash University in 2008, when she was awarded the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for the best doctoral thesis in the Faculty of Art and Design.

Alongside regular exhibitions at Sutton Gallery since 1994, Bell has presented many solo exhibitions including Waste not Want not, Death be Kind, Melbourne, 2011; Love and Other Bruises, Monash Faculty Gallery, Melbourne, 2007; and Felt is the Past Tense of Feel, Galapagas Art Space, New York, 2007. Bell is currently exhibiting as part of Selectively Revealed, a 2011-12 international group exhibition presented by Experimenta Media Arts and Asialink, touring to Korea, Jakarta, Taiwan and Thailand. Other recent group shows include What's Yours is Mine, curated by Catherine Bell and Jan Duffy, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, 2011; The Animal Gaze, Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield, UK, 2011; International Seminar: Art and Nature, Matilha Cultural, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2011; Becoming Animal - Becoming Human, NGBK, Berlin, 2009; and True crime - murder and misdemeanour in Australian art, Geelong Gallery, Victoria, 2008. She has also participated in significant Australian exhibitions including Truth Universally Acknowledged, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2005; The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, 1996; Small Monuments, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1995; and Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1993.

Bell's work is held in many public collections including National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.


Catherine Bell CV 2014

Artwork by Catherine Bell

Crematorium Vessels, 2012-14

carved, reclaimed floral foam, in UV protected acrylic display case
17 x 33 x 19cm