Final Studies: Patrick Bell

Graduate Student, Kent State University

Ceramics

Title of Exhibition: Frankly

Cowboy Bill Rides Herd on the Range of Consciousness

Artist Statement
Bodies, flayed like frogs in a high school science class, are my exploration responses to my own anxieties and fears about my body and health. Physically embodying sharp, anomalous, and sporadic pain, my work exists between a measured scientific inquiry and a chaotic, manic probe of human anatomy.

Untitled

My current body of work dissects human forms, allowing me to further understand the bodily systems within them. By intervening on the congruity of figures, I reveal intestinal, arterial, and other biomorphic forms that exist in a state of tension and disorder. Bodies, flayed like frogs in a high school science class, are my exploration responses to my own anxieties and fears about my body and health. Physically embodying sharp, anomalous, and sporadic pain, my work exists between a measured scientific inquiry and a chaotic, manic probe of human anatomy. These bodies exist incompletely with their viscera missing or entirely separated, either discarded or selected for further survey.

Left: It All Works Like a Hungry Dog. Middle: In a Sentimental Mood. Right: Road to Nowhere.
Left: Heaven’s Vault Should Crack. Middle: Untitled. Right: a boundary, an interior, an exterior.
Left: Heart Cooks Brain _ Mice Eat Cheese. Right: Untitled.

For more of Patrick’s work:

https://patbellstudio.com/
Instagram: @patbellart
Facebook: @patrick.bell.7503

Final Studies are in partnership with The University of Akron and are made possible with support from Fifth Third Bank and the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

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