Ingrid Bell's Hidden States and Bleeding Brain feature in Hearts & Minds at LifeSpace.
Hidden States (2015)
Bleeding Brain (2014)
Blind embossed prints on paper
(On loan from Mr. Alistair Young)
Hidden States is a work which was first installed at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design as part of the MFA degree show, and has been restaged here for this exhibition. The work requires the viewer’s participation for a change to occur in both the image and the viewer’s sensory experience and perception of the artwork. Printed with thermochromic inks, the wallpaper responds to touch, to reveal colours printed underneath, leaving a trace of the viewer’s interaction. Thermochromic ink has its own lifespan, chemically speaking, and so this work is time-limited and sensitively affected by external influences of light and heat. In the artist’s words, the ink’s range of activity will weaken, and it will eventually become unresponsive and die.
Ingrid Bell is an artist, printmaker and art therapist recently completed a Masters of Fine Art in Art, Society and Publics at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. She is interested in developments in neurobiology and advances in visual research through neuroimaging that allows insight into the brain-mind connection. Accessibility to MRI imaging poses further questions around neuroaesthetics, which is the study of the brain and how it is affected by looking at art and how it is affected by making art. Hidden States requires the viewer’s participation for a change to occur in both the image and the viewer’s sensory experience and perception of the artwork.
Bell was awarded the Purcell Paper Prize at the Society of Scottish Artists Annual exhibition in 2014 for Bleeding Brain.