Time spent abroad has influenced my work to include themes of travel, movement and daydreaming. Whether it involves a visit to another country or my own back yard, my art begins with a camera and a journey. I am fascinated by the way printmaking processes can be used to transform a photograph. The gum transfer process in particular can break down a photograph in a way that results in a “bad print.” I use a variety of media to bring these broken photographs back to life. Layers of ink, acrylic, encaustic, and collage help to turn my nostalgic images into work that suggests a passing of time.
I’m not going to tell you the story as it happened.
I’m going to tell you the story as I remember it.
-Finn Bell, Great Expectations