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Broken Front

Heather Bell


This project draws on my dreamlike memories of a time and place, and the nostalgic confusion of positive and negative connotations. 

The Nine Arches are a historical landmark within my hometown. Once a location renowned for its beauty, the area has now become known as dangerous and unstable due to crime and decay. During a difficult time in my life I visited the Arches frequently - it was my perceived safe haven. 

Growing up, the people around me only saw what they wanted to see, the ‘broken’ front, but never took the time to look behind this to see the beauty that was really there. 

In this work, I have used ideas of encasement and fantasy to explore how we attach personal meaning to a location. These methods generalize a very personal, emotive experience of a specific place and time so the viewer may project their own fantasy of the past.