Through An Unexpected River Travis Bell explores the beauty of clay unadorned, place, and the philosophies of making through the disciplined execution of craft. The show also delves into a more personal inquisition of the forms he makes and how they and the philosophies behind them are influenced through his lived experience.
An Unexpected River for Travis is both an exploration of new forms and ideas focused on the exploration of clay and the possibilities therein, as well as being a retrospective and reflective show. This exhibition exactly marks the five years since he first picked up clay. Travis is now looking back and investigating the way his work has progressed and grown, and how earlier works are informing and existing within the most recent pieces.
Travis Bell studies at the University of Tasmania, where he completed his Bachelor of Contemporary Art with Honours in 2020, including international exchanges at the University of Virginia, USA and the Central University of Tibetan Studies, India. He is currently undertaking studies at the University of Tasmania with a Master of Teaching.