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Guy Bell

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

My work is rooted in the idea that eye movement can excite parts of the brain, triggering memory and emotion. I create the structure of my work in order to try to stimulate the mind of the viewer into experiencing an emotional response based on the movement of the eye over the image, much in the same way our eyes move during REM sleep. While recovering from the psychological aftermath of a robbery, I researched ways to heal and calm my mind. Through the course of this research, I became aware of an exercise called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) used to treat Post Traumatic Stress. I incorporate principles of this discipline as well as trial and error into images and landscapes rooted in American Southern culture as well as iconic images of the contemporary human experience.

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