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Dana on "A Delicate Balance"

Influenced by body language found in film, Dana Bell’s boldly colored series “A Delicate Balance” utilizes repetition and color to highlight the unspoken behaviors in interactions. The works were inspired by the scenes in “The Snake Pit”, a 1948 film directed by Anatole Litvak. See more from the series below.

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“I use color to represent nonverbal modes of communication. Movement emerges as something liquid and formal. The moment of drama is suspended and extended into infinity.”

— Dana Bell

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“My work portrays subtle body language, which can be universally unintentional. While gestures may not always be the same from culture to culture, many are familiar with the languages used in classic films.”

— Dana Bell

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