“This piece is drawn from the film The Snake Pit (1948), a look into a character's stay in a mental institution.” — Dana Bell
Brooklyn, New York-based Dana Bell (b. 1974) investigates the intricate nuances of body language. Working from film stills, Dana selects scenes based on formal configurations of figures against a background. Silhouetting her figures, Dana casts them in vibrant, high contrast hues that vibrate off of one another. Through the reverberation of her vivid palette, Dana highlights the subtlety of each figure’s posture and gesture, drawing attention to the psychological intent (or mis-intent) of characters within a scene.
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