With Bachelor degrees in Art History and Studio Art from UNC Wilmington and an MFA from UNC Greensboro, Jeff Bell serves as the Arts Innovation Coordinator for the city of Wilson, NC where he currently resides. Bell’s work evolves by gathering everyday objects, deconstructing them, and creating sculptures from those elements. He ultimately aims to discover something new, but also something that reflects its previous language: a sculpture that at first glance reaffirms assumptions of commonplace objects but at further examination resists those notions and lives outside of his understanding.
Through his reimagining, reattaching and rearranging of physical objects, Bell brings to the surface connections between nostalgia and coming of age, personal memories and pop culture. Getting his hands on a variety of materials – a sewing table, a dry cleaner press, playground apparatus, a desk — has helped him assemble vehicles to excavate memories and meaning from his past.
Jeff describes his work by saying, “I just start making objects, realizing that I will make mistakes and have to rework things, but it keeps me engaged and thinking throughout the build. I enjoy the surprises that happen and the unexpected directions that the process can take.”