John Martin Gallery was pleased to present South African artist Deborah Bell’s exhibition A Far Country. This was Deborah’s second UK exhibition which brings together recent sculptures and paintings from the last four years including her major series based on the song, See Line Woman. The show also provided an opportunity to exhibit two of her most important monumental works, Artemis and Crossing II.
In her monumental sculptures and paintings, and across the mediums of drawing and printmaking, Bell’s abraded, time-worn images reach back through collective memories and across a wide sweep of cultures and histories. Her work is both immediate and timeless, utilising a process of layering, shaping, erasing and reworking each piece until it resonates with the emotions that initiated the work.