Catherine Bell is a multi-disciplinary artist and Associate Professor (Visual Arts), Australian Catholic University. Bell’s practice-led research focuses on the generative potential of grief, loss and memory in a creative context. In recent times, she has located her practice within an archive and healthcare setting. Bell’s socially engaged artworks expose personal narratives by up-cycling excess or waste materials to create unique, yet familiar, objects of reverence and contemplation.
Select solo exhibitions: Dog Robot Space Star A Two Cathies Collaboration, Gertrude Glasshouse, Melbourne 2023, Staughton Death Becomes Her, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2022; Odor Patris Tu, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2017; The Remains of the Day, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; The Gathering, Substation, Melbourne, 2013; This little piggy…fades to pink, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Melbourne, 2012; Mum’s the Word, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2011; Love and Other Bruises, Monash Faculty Gallery, Melbourne, 2007; Felt is the Past Tense of Feel, Galapagas Art Space, Brooklyn, and Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2006-07.
Select group exhibitions: One foot on the ground, one foot in the water, Latrobe Art Institute, Bendigo; Bunjil Place Gallery, Narre Warren, Victoria and tourning nationally by NETS Victoria, 2020-23; Craftivism, SAM, Shepparton and touring regionally, 2018-20; Pairs, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, 2018; Ceremonial, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, 2016; New photography from the Footpath, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, 2014; Knowing Me Knowing You, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne, 2014; Backflip: Feminism and humour in contemporary art, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2013; The Animal Gaze, Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield, 2011; Seminário Internacional Arte e Natureza, Matilha Cultural, Sao Paulo, 2011.
As an artist Bell takes on the task of honouring the truth that life transcends our grasp; she asks how what remains after death can be given a voice, and on whose behalf it can speak. Thus the work of Catherine Bell tells an allegory of mortality.Dr. Caroline Durre, 2014