Roberley Bell, The Shape of the Afternoon, 2014. Mixed media, 2 views of installation.

Roberley Bell


deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Conflate the styles of Henry Moore, Jean Arp, and Dr. Seuss, stir in California slickness and cartoon colors, and you get Roberley Bell’s The Shape of the Afternoon, which occupied the deCordova’s rooftop with a visionary garden. The cheekiness of Bell’s ideas can’t fail to evoke a smile. A blue blob with an orange lid looks like a shoe; a pink one looks like a Schmoo (does anybody remember Schmoos?). The pink Schmoo, called For HM, for now, pays homage to Henry Moore—inspired by one of his reclining figures, it would seem. It’s not immediately apparent that Bell is a passionate gardener, though she is, or that this work comments on the human habit of trying to impose our own predilections and notions of order on the impulses of wild nature.…see the entire review in the print version of November’s Sculpture magazine.