Deborah Bell - Sentinels (2020)
May 22 – Jun 17, 2020
Everard Read London presents
Deborah Bell | Sentinels (2020)
22 May - 17 June 2020
Everard Read London presents a major exhibition of monumental sculptures and paintings created over the past two years by Deborah Bell, one of South Africa’s most eminent artists.
At the centre of the exhibition are eight 2.5-metre-high Sentinels cast in bronze. Their origins trace back to the series of nine Sentinels that Bell made in 2008.
Bell is fascinated by ancient civilisations and their excavated artefacts and her work incorporates powerful images and layered visual, symbolic and iconographic references of past and present worlds. In her iconography, the artist draws from a range of cultures - African, Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, early Christian, European - and a range of psychologies and philosophies, particularly the Buddhist preoccupation with stillness and the shedding of attachment and the ego.
In Bell’s recent work, human figures have embodied the seeker on a journey and often accompanied by lions, hounds, wolves, horses and totemic modes of transport such as boats and chariots. However, her newest work is characterised by a sense of coming home, a greater emphasis on the human body being on this earth. There is an increased sense of acceptance of our materiality; a surrendering to who we are, and the suggestion of an end to the constant quest for transcendence.