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BIG HAIR, DON’T CARE

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Growing up a curly brunette in a society that worships straight-haired blondes can pose some real challenges to your self esteem. Watching celebrities like Keri Russell and Mila Kunis happily surrendering their differences to blend in with the archetypal Hollywood stars, and flipping through the only fashion spreads featuring women with hair like mine in over-the-top “ethnic” couture shoots.  Being different, standing out, the constant fear of GIANT HAIR, all lent to the feeling of being “other.” And if my skin was darker, I can only imagine how magnified that feeling would become.

But, for as much as I wished for magically straight hair, when it came down to taming my curls- it always felt disingenuous. Like giving up my trademark. Hair is as much an identifiable trait of personality as is the clothes we choose. Couple that cute, little piece of baggage that I’ve been lugging around with my current feelings about this moment in history… AS. A. WOMAN… and I decided it was time to celebrate that gorgeous otherness. Scream it loud. We DECIDED to worship a white, European ideal, so we can also DECIDE to worship the more sculptural beauty of “natural” hair, as well.

My idea started with sketches, but I quickly realized that they needed to be much bigger- like the hair and the women they represent.

Curly heads, get ready. I mean, after all, aren’t curls works of art on their very own?? Lots of drawing to do, but they are in progress. Stay tuned.

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DRAW A GO GO

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Hey! I’m doing THIS next Sunday, the 22nd. I am slotted to draw from 4:15-5:15. It’s such a neat way to see different processes and connect with art in a new way. Plus, all the works created will be available for purchase for $50!! All proceeds going to support the Hera Gallery. And did I mention that it’s at a brewery?

I SHOULD PROBABLY MENTION…

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I have a couple exciting events coming up in the next month. One is a little more traditional, the other like a giant group therapy session.

The Providence Art Club’s juried show “Making Your Mark” opening April 2, celebrating contemporary Women artists.

Resistance Works: Art & Politics  Rhode Island Artists Speak Out,  which is a deep exhale from a group of artists reflecting on what has happened in the country since Nov. 9th.

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Come to one, come to both. See some beautiful work either way.

FIRE IN MY SOUL

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Where to begin. 2017 seemed to contain so much hope after the year we had been through. From personal and family trials, to beloved celebrity deaths, to the end-of-days election…And now I wake up every morning, put on my imaginary Guy Fawkes mask and set out to stir up some shit.

Art has become my yogic breathing. Thank my stars that I get to do it for a living.

So, here we go 2017! I am back to my neglected blog with new images, hope and a soul full of fire.   trumpSMHSMBSM DSM FSM

POPPY TEARS

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Padding down a new path for a minute. Combining some thoughts and new elements. Color or no color, you tell me.eye-poppy_color

BEGINNING WITH THE END.

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In November a brilliant and dear friend approached me about doing a project for the Smithsonian. No big deal.

She was looking to do something different and unique for their holiday card and had seen a time lapse video I had done of my poppies. And there it started- a time lapse video of a drawing to incorporate the Smithsonian castle, with all its hallmark details in a holiday setting, using a song from the Smithsonian Folkways collection.

3 Tombo markers, 2 GoPros, and a partridge later…this was what we came up with.

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STOP MOTION OF PAPAVERACEAE IN PROGRESS

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So, I made a time lapse of one of my last drawings, Papaveraceae. A tiny and super fast view of how I work.

Bleeding ink makes me feel a bit like an alchemist, experimenting.

I hope you like it.

Beth Brganca Bell – Poppy timelapse from Mike Bell on Vimeo.

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This is a new piece- poppies being one of my favorite flowers.

All of their papery beauty and macabre symbolism…

CRAFTING, UNHINGED

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This is the story of a mother who, while trying to introduce her children to the wild world of camp-style crafts, went off the rails and obsessively wove a 30″ x 20″ god’s eye. And of course it was made with the thinnest of yarn AND features multiple levels.

Repetition is a drug.

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