Astrid Elouise Bell
Bulli High School
Acrylic on wood
“Nothing in a portrait is a matter of indifference. Gesture, grimace, clothing, decor even – all combine to realise a character.” Charles Baudelaire / Home Bodies represents my family and our communal space. The way we communicate and co-exist is dependent on the associations between us. My body of work focuses on these connections and emphasises the material and immaterial nature of our inherited existence. These familiar faces, concentrated upon for the time it takes to paint them, may seem to be superficial manifestations, but they are an expressionist trace of what has amassed through generations of relationships and spaces.
ARTEXPRESS is a joint partnership between The New South Wales Department of Education and NSW Education Standards Authority in association with Hazelhurst Arts Centre.