Important artworks of this size by the artist Deborah Bell rarely come to auction, and this work embodies the ‘mystical godliness’ of her art making. The art of Deborah Bell is created in dialogue with multiple worlds, texts, histories and consciousness. For Bell art is a spiritual practice which the role of the artist is to ‘co-create the world, to materialize what exists for all time’. Her work incorporates multi-layered visual, symbolic and iconographic references to past and present worlds. She is fascinated by ancient civilizations and excavated objects displayed in museums. She searches for the spiritual within the material and for the material within the spiritual.
Pippa Stein, 2004, Deborah Bell, Taxi 010, David Krut Publishing, Johannesburg.