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Decay in the Stairwell

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Decay in the Stairwell

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Bio

Michael Bell grew-up on a farm near Vauxhall, Alberta, where he got to play with the family camera. It was fun. One time, he won a ribbon in Milk River in a photo contest for some lightning storm photos. He moved around a lot in his 20s, but didn’t make many pictures. While volunteering in Colombia, he realized he had no employable skills and that while it was stimulating to speak Spanish and drink aguardiente, he would never be Colombian. He graduated from the University of Regina’s School of Journalism in 2007, and was hired as a news photographer at the Regina Leader-Post. Then he started to play with the camera again, like when he was a kid.

Artist Statement

Making the images of Light Passing Through Glass was all joy. Using marbles, magnifying glasses and a flashlight, I’d shut off the room lights and experiment. One idea fed the next, as though I were mining a rich seam of fat sparkling gems. I loved the results, and I felt clever. Friends and strangers came to The Hague Gallery to see them, and I even sold a few. It was an encouraging experience.

After making LPTG, I struggled to come up with a new focus. I constantly write down my ideas, but none of them “inspired” me to work. But then I thought: maybe art is like any job, and that sometimes you just have to go to work, even if you don’t feel like it.

I live in a 20-storey apartment tower, and sometimes I skip the elevator and walk down the stairwell. It’s a boring, dreary space. The light is a soupy yellow or a sickly fluorescent, depending on the floor. It smells musty, especially when rain leaks through the ceiling and down the walls. The moisture peels the plaster, bubbles the paint and stains the walls. The more I walked the stairwell, the more I saw that, with the right light, interesting textures, shapes, and patterns could be captured.

I call the work Decay in the Stairwell. I hope you think it’s interesting.