Bella Smith is currently a senior at Friends University, majoring in Studio art. She has been creating art since the age of five. Art has always been some sort of escape from reality for Bella, as she uses art to battle her inner demons and her diagnosed PTSD. PTSD can cause problems with focusing and staying on track, so for Bella it can be very hard to even finish an artwork, let alone an entire series. Her mind tends to bounce from one idea to another making it difficult to pin point a main idea or concept leading to incomplete projects and ideas. To help cope with her PTSD, Bella uses various breathing techniques, meditation, and of course, her art practice. Bella does not like boundaries when it comes to her work, so she likes to explore with a variety of media and concepts. Her media of choice is acrylic on canvas, and she has created a very unique, colorful style that is very much her own.
In this series I wanted to capture this idea that has been bouncing around in my head for a while, the idea that within everybody there is a universe. Every single person is made out of millions of cells, atoms, and micro-organisms, each of which are made out of different functioning parts that all have a purpose. If a micro-organism is compared to a human being, then you can see how tiny we really are, in the grand scheme of things. Every human is a part of the community and plays a role in society. We are one entity, we all have a purpose, just like the cells within a micro-organism. We may think we are so important, but if you zoom out to look at the bigger picture, we are almost nothing, we are a spec compared to the infinite universe, we are a micro-organism living in a Micro World.
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