About

Louise Bell is an illustrator, writer and researcher based in Falmouth.

My research and practice is focused on how repair is an authorial act. Influenced by the writings W.G. Sebald, I work as a curator-creator, generating archives of image and text in response to broken artefacts.

My current practice is centred on a lost photo album from the 1920s.

“…stray black and white images, which come out of long forgotten boxes, often have a secret appeal and demand that one addresses the lost lives centred in them…” W.G. Sebald

  • A forgotten photograph is a fragment which has been torn from its original context.
  • An archive is a montage of fragments.
  • To repair a fragment requires the construction of a new context.
  • The repair radiates from the fragment with story sewing the seams.
  • An archive waits to be activated by the reader.
  • The reading of an archive is an act of repair.
  • An act of repair is an act of authorship.

MA Illustration: Authorial Practice – Falmouth University 2015/16 (Distinction).

BA (Hons) Fine Art – Leeds Metropolitan University 2011.

Louise is one half of the children’s storybook app company Robin & his Birds.

Email me here.

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