VisArts Art Walk: What You Need

from August 5 to September 30

Enjoy local artist activation compliments of VisArts throughout the center.

Visit artist Kelley's work titled "What You Need" - located in the lower level of the Nordstrom wing 

Artist Statement About the Work

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a motivational theory that attempts to classify and categorize the things people need in order to lead a fulfilling and satisfying life. Think of it as a food pyramid of the soul, starting with a solid base of the things we need to survive physically (food, water, sleep, etc.) leading up to the pinnacle of self-fulfillment (creative expression, success, accomplishment, etc.) As the basic organic needs of the lower tiers are satisfied one is able to strive for more abstract philosophical and psychological ones.

Sometimes, we can fulfill these needs through buying things. Sometimes we have to discover and acquire them through experience, working hard and taking risks. Sometimes these two things get mixed up.

Someone can buy a sandwich at a restaurant if they are hungry, or buy a house to keep themselves safe. That same someone can’t buy a deeply satisfying emotional experience, or a sense of purpose in life. Sometimes, however, buying a sandwich or a house can seem like a purpose in life. If only it was that simple.

About the Artist: 

Kelley Bell ​is a designer and animator living in Baltimore Maryland. Her work draws from a penny arcade of visual influences: midcentury design and illustration, midway rides, and carnival games. Her work is simple and accessible but leads to thoughtful observations and surprising realizations through humor and playfulness.

Her design and illustration work spans a 20-year career of serving non-profit organizations in the DC-Baltimore area. She has been honored to create for leading arts organizations such as The Creative Alliance at the Patterson, the Fluid Movement performance troop and the Transmodern Festival through numerous posters, publications, and other graphic works.

Kelley’s installation and projection mapping works have appeared in numerous festivals like MOMENTUM in Toledo, OH, Dlectricity in Detroit, MI, the InLight Festival in Richmond, Virginia, the Lumen Festival in Staten Island, New York, Light City in Baltimore, Maryland and Animafest Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia. Her projection series, The Clock Strikes 100, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Baltimore, Maryland’s BromoSeltzer Tower was named Best Public Art Project by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

Kelley holds an MFA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Imaging and Digital Arts, and a BFA in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute.

Day Date Hours
Monday 28 Sep 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday 29 Sep 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday 30 Sep 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM