DeCordova’s Rappaport Roof Terrace and adjacent gallery will be
transformed into a fantastical faux sculpture garden in PLATFORM 13:
Roberley Bell, The Shape of the Afternoon. Amoeba-shaped
Astroturf, real and fake flowers, abstracted bird decoys, plastic fruit,
resin planters, and Blob sculptures will come together in Bell’s
colorful commingling of nature and its synthetic counterpart. In addition
to her outdoor gardenscape, the artist will also transform the adjacent
interior gallery into a domestic scene with plush carpet, painted
walls, and shelves displaying a still-life tableau.
Bell’s work questions the natural in daily life by placing the copied,
altered, and designed flora of the built landscape in direct
relationship to living nature. Through brightly hued material
juxtapositions, her installation The Shape of the Afternoon challenges
the distinction between natural and artificial, and explores the human
desire to control the surroundings.
PLATFORM is a series of solo exhibitions by early- and mid-career
artists from both the New England and national arts communities. These
shows focus on work that engages with deCordova’s unique spaces, both
indoors and outdoors, and social, geographical, and physical location.
The PLATFORM series is intended as a support for creativity and
expression of new ideas, and as a catalyst for dialogue about
This PLATFORM exhibition is generously funded by James and Audrey Foster.