mixed media art
Zoë Devin Bell works in a mess of media and paper scraps. She is a punk-rock environmentalist with a soft spot for farm animals. Her work often revolves around experimental comics and abstract mark-making with a strong DIY ethos. You can find her in the company of her grumpy tabby cat, drawing furiously.
What or who inspires you?
Zoë: Everything from the natural world, to archeology, punk rock, industrial texture, travel, poetry, mythology, high-quality trash, sketchbooks, and magic light.
What are you reading right now?
Zoë: I’m reading a lot of books by journalists or travel writers. I love the mix between reporting facts and non-fiction storytelling. I’m also loving autobiographical comics.
Some of the best work I’ve created has used materials from free piles.”
If you could get critique from one artist (living or dead, visual or otherwise) who would it be?
Zoë: Julie Doucet. I love her old comics work as well as her newer stuff. I’d think we’d have a great time.
What do you collect? Or, what are you obsessed with?
Zoë: I’m obsessed with collecting recycled materials to use in art. Some of the best work I’ve created has used materials from free piles.
If you could go anywhere and draw, where would you go?
Zoë: I want to go literally everywhere but my latest obsession has been with the Annapurna circuit in Nepal. Hiking and drawing mountains from life is my constant dream.