about the artist

Artist Statement

Our bodies, as part of the natural world, are subject to cycles of transformation. As we continue to be divorced from our natural wildness we engage in a kind of collective forgetting. My work explores bodies in various forms of death, absence and rebirth. Acts of violence, displacement and physical transformation present varying levels of trauma, revelation, emptiness and yearning. These processes leave scars in nature, on our bodies and through our relationships with grief, death and new life. Utilizing foraged bones, feathers, skin, hair, and elements of transformation like water, air and fire to construct environments, my work invites multiple possible futures. My practice is one of hope. Trying to make sense of collective trauma through wildness, healing and regeneration of energy into new bodies.

Bio

 

Belle Struck is an artist/educator. She lives on the North Shore of Massachusetts where she makes stuff with teenagers. She comes from a long line of tinkerers and artists. Belle has exhibited works in Boston, Antwerp, Paris, and around the North Shore. One of her etchings is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as part of a tribute to Michael Mazur. The Print collection is called: Cognates. She has her BFA from Art Institute of Boston, an M.Ed from Lesley University and is currently an MFA candidate at Lesley Art & Design in Cambridge, Mass. She is available for workshops, exhibitions, commissions, editions and collaborations.