Jeremy G. Bell
The process of making is my saving grace.
Name, Age, Location, Professional Title, Employer
Jeremy G Bell | 32 | Omaha NE | Visual Information Specialist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
I go to the gym but that is not inspirational. I also like to hike/ get lost in the woods. I like connecting with nature. Natural wood is used in a lot of my work. It provides a unique base that also connects the subject to the world.
Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
This is an interesting dynamic. The expected and understood vs creative freedom. I don’t like to replicate myself if I can help it. Incorporating techniques that produce random organic, free flowing marks helps me walk the space of demand vs. desire. However, recently I have begun to wonder, if I am making what is expected or requested for a long period of time…what is the point of it all?
What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
I am most productive/creative later in the night. I think it is because for the most part everything is shut down. There isn’t much else going on, the day has passed and I’m not missing out on much. Plus, I love to sleep until I just can’t.
What are your creative goals for the future?
Short term I would like make to work that people love. Make work that changes hearts and minds. Long term? I would like to build a community that is somewhat self-sustaining. I would also like to build a network of people that uplift one another through educational and economic opportunities.
Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
I am in the early stages of a couple commissioned works. My inspiration usually starts with an emotion or feeling I would like to convey; let’s say fierceness for example. Using this idea as a jumping off point the process is very much a conversation. I know the general concept of the piece but each step is a back and forth between myself and the interactions that take place on the canvas.
What scares you?
I suppose being left behind in life. You know, like being 21 still in high school and no driver’s license. Life has many lessons and I want to pass each stage of life with some type of dignity.
What does success mean to you?
I have been pondering this question for a little while now. Like, what does it mean to make work and have people see it? What does that mean and do for life? Back in the day it really meant something to make an image. Today, not so much. I often wonder as I run the rat race of life + artistry, If Picasso was alive today…. Would he have an Instagram account? Would he post daily? To me success is to continually make desirable work that positively impacts the present and future. I would like for my work to eventually provide a gateway towards building infrastructure and community.
Why do you create?
I create because I have to. The process of making is my saving grace. It teaches me things about life and myself. It is a gift.
Anything else you want to add?
What you are doing matters.