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Snake Wavelength 3 (pink), 2016
copperplate etching, stencil, screen print, watercolour on paper
30 x 20 cm, unframed
edition of six


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Belle Bassin’s Snake Wavelength is a series of prints created to function as talismans. The Snake Wavelength series is part of Bassin’s body of work titled Glass, in which graphic patterns and biomorphic forms intersect. Each Snake Wavelength edition is created through a labour-intensive, complex series of printing techniques: the works are printed from two copperplates and six stencils, the image is then overlaid with a screen print. After printing each edition is hand-painted with watercolour in one of three colour schemes (green, blue or pink with gold). The detailed surfaces of the finished works shimmer and vibrate “like a whole world blinking.”

Belle Bassin’s work primarily explores the ‘affective dimension’ of colour and form. Her practice is imbued with esoteric interests, where the formal qualities of her works have emotive and spiritual properties.

“Simultaneously working across a range of mediums, she translates shapes and ideas across two and three dimensional modes, and across still and performative images, so that rather than in one fixed state, her forms are always evolving and interconnected - much like living things.” (Sue Cramer, Curator - Heide MOMA, 2016)


Melbourne-based artist Belle Bassin has worked with drawing, painting, collage and sculpture and more recently has been employing these ‘still’ surfaces upon moving bodies, engaging genres of performance and dance. She has presented live works, videos and sculptural works in galleries and museums as well as in public, urban and biological spaces. The aim of these works is to explore social freedoms both physically—through restrictive architectures of the sculptures and the use of directed urban landscape—and mentally, by offering new possibilities for the expression of human emotional states.

Bassin completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (drawing) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2007 and a Master of Fine Art from Monash University in 2016. She has undertaken residencies including as a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary, a printmaker in residence at RMIT, a residency at the Cite des Arts, Paris through the Art Gallery of NSW. She has been the recipient of the WestSpace Art Award and the Wallara Travelling Scholarship.

Bassin has held solo exhibitions at the Heide Museum of Modern Art Gardens (Melbourne), Fehily Contemporary (Melbourne), Cite des Arts (Paris), GRANTPIRRIE (Sydney), Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne) and West Space (Melbourne).

She has participated in group exhibitions in Melbourne at MUMA, Heide, RMIT Project Space, Utopian Slumps, Gertrude Contemporary, Block Projects, Rear View, Seventh, Glen Eira Gallery (Melbourne); and at Lisson Gallery (London), Museo de la Ciudad de Leon, (Mexico), Well (Seoul), CAC (Vilnius, Lithuania), Art Gallery of Ballarat (Ballarat), Latrobe Regional Gallery, CAST (Hobart), University of Queensland, 24 Hr Art (Darwin), Fontanelle Art Space (Adelaide).

Recent highlights include exhibiting in Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits at MUMA (curated by Marco Pasi and Lars Bang Larsen), and Dancing Umbrellas at Heide, where she also exhibited a temporal ‘esoteric social sculpture’ (a one-hour sculptural choreography) in their gardens.