Australian Video Art Archive

Catherine E Bell



Catherine Bell was born in Sydney, 1969 and lives and works in Melbourne. Her practice is multi-disciplinary ranging from drawing, sculptural installation, and performance documented on video and displayed on monitors or as photographic stills. Her practice centres on autobiographical experience and her research explores the ways in which subjectivity, reflexivity, liminality, ritualistic performance process and artistic product coincide.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Art History & English Literature) from the University of Queensland in 1989 and completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Sculpture) at Queensland University of Technology in 1992.

After graduating from Q.U.T., Bell was awarded the Melville Haysom scholarship and residency at the Queensland Art Gallery (1994). That year Bell had her first solo exhibition at Sutton Gallery and has since been included in group exhibitions such as ‘Perspecta’, Art Gallery of New South Wales (1993); ‘Small Monuments’, Queensland Art Gallery (1995); ‘The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art’, Art Gallery of South Australia (1996); and ‘Truth Universally Acknowledged’, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (2005).

In 1996 Bell completed an MFA at RMIT and spent 6 months at 200 Gertrude Street’s residential studio before moving to the United Kingdom to embark on a research fellowship at the Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford University (2000-01).

In 2003 Bell was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Art and Design at Monash University, Caulfield, where she is a sessional lecturer in both the Fine Art and Art Theory Department. She also lectures studio theory at the Australian Catholic University and in 2007 will be presenting her Doctorial research at the 95th Annual CAA conference in New York.
- Catherine Bell