Story 2010

As part of the
Container Arts Plinth Project
The Bristol City Museum
& Art Gallery
2nd July – 29th August 2010

Story 2010

As part of the
Container Arts Plinth Project
The Bristol City Museum
& Art Gallery
2nd July – 29th August 2010

Bell is one of six artists who have been invited by Container Arts, Bristol to produce new work for an empty plinth at the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery as part of a project that runs from March 2010 to February 2011.

For her slot Bell will construct a physical copy of the plinth using found books of fiction that will sit up-ended on top of the original - a gentle, wry homage to Rachel Whiteread’s Trafalgar Square Monument 2001. The theme for her piece will be ‘story’ and will address the use of plinths as structures that support, and offer up, memories, often of a person or event long gone and of little immediate relevance to the contemporary audience.

Prior to making the piece Bell will invite visitors to the Museum to post anonymously names of ‘secret loves’ into a box. These offered-up names will then direct the books that she sources. The titles on the spine will be cut and manipulated so as to highlight these names, whilst other elements of the remaining words will suggest fictional narratives relating to these characters. Bell also intends to mix in names of personalities that feature in the Museum’s art collection.

Essentially, this is a piece about relationships and how we all too often ‘see’, or project, the name of those we love all around us, particularly if the love is a covert one.

For further information please visit www.containerarts.org

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EllenBell_PlinthProject2010

Story (The Plinth Project)

3 x 1 x 1 m (approx)
1500 Found paperback romantic novels, glue & chipboard

EllenBell_PlinthProject2010_front_view

Story (The Plinth Project)

3 x 1 x 1 m (approx)
1500 Found paperback romantic novels, glue & chipboard

EllenBell_PlinthProject2010_several_figures

Story (The Plinth Project)

3 x 1 x 1 m (approx)
1500 Found paperback romantic novels, glue & chipboard

EllenBell_PlinthProject2010_with_2_figures

Story (The Plinth Project)

3 x 1 x 1 m (approx)
1500 Found paperback romantic novels, glue & chipboard

EllenBell_PlinthProject2010_detail1

Story (The Plinth Project)

3 x 1 x 1 m (approx)
1500 Found paperback romantic novels, glue & chipboard

EllenBell_PlinthProject2010_detail2

Story (The Plinth Project)

3 x 1 x 1 m (approx)
1500 Found paperback romantic novels, glue & chipboard

EllenBell_PlinthProject2010_with_4_figures

Story (The Plinth Project)

3 x 1 x 1 m (approx)
1500 Found paperback romantic novels, glue & chipboard

EllenBell_PlinthProject2010_with_figure

Story (The Plinth Project)

3 x 1 x 1 m (approx)
1500 Found paperback romantic novels, glue & chipboard