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Anonda Bell


Hive Culture: Captivated by the Honeybee
Glyndor Gallery | September 13 – December 1, 2011

Apiphobia (also known as melissophobia) is defined as “an unreasonable fear of bees that can cause avoidance and panic.” Anonda Bell investigates this phobia by portraying its opposite—a woman standing in a typical “bee beard” pose, calm and prepared to invite as many bees as possible to cover her face and body. Begun in Russia in the 1830s, bee bearding became a craze in the United States in the late 1800s and continues around the world today, mostly at agricultural shows and fairs. Within her larger series entitled Biophobia, Bell engages human psychology, particularly common phobias and social discomfort, using a variety of flora and fauna.

Anonda Bell has created a public art project in East Harlem, and has had a solo exhibition at Monash University Project Space, Melbourne, Australia. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at AIR Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; City Without Walls, Newark, NJ; Figment Festival, Governors Island, NY; and University of Melbourne, Australia. She is a recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Community Arts Fund Grant and the Australia Council for the Arts, Professional Development Funding for Placement in International Program at Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. She received an MFA from Monash University and a BFA from R.M.I.T. University.

Anonda Bell, Apiphobia #1, 2011 (installation views)

Anonda Bell, Apiphobia #1, 2011 (installation views)

Anonda Bell, Apiphobia #1, 2011 (installation views)

Anonda Bell, Apiphobia #1, 2011 (installation views)
Paper, acrylic, watercolor and enamel paint
90” x 65”
Courtesy of the artist

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.