Belle Bassin is an experimental visual artist. In her practice, she pursues new formats and modes of presentation where she exhibits within urban and biological spaces, as well as within galleries and museums. Situated at the intersection of sculpture and performance, her work often focuses upon the sentient dimensions of colour and form, and the possibilities and constraints of bodily movement within public space. Bassin’s current work is guided by an interest in abstraction by women modernists, the psychic space of visions, and the occupation of bodies and space by invisible forces.
Recent exhibitions include From Will To Form, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, 2018; Inches, Feet Verse, Marsaleria, New York, 2018; On Campus, Monash University, 2017; and Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, Monash University Museum of Art, 2015. In 2016, Bassin’s performative sculptural work, It’s Easier to Look at Your Skin, was the inspiration the group show Dancing Umbrellas, curated by Sue Cramer at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, where she also exhibited To Eat Glass, a sculptural choreography, in the Heide gardens.
She was the 2017 recipient of the Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship, which supported residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York. In 2017, she undertook a nomadic residency in Greece, funded through Creative Victoria.
“I believe in the importance of contemporary art as an expansive realm of ideas that greatly benefit the mental health of a society and the integral need for those ideas to find form beyond the constraints of capitalist thinking.”