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    Bell's inspiration comes from the shapes and patterns we see emerging from the social interaction of animals and humans and forces of nature - the dynamically changing shapes that can be seen as the result of different creatures, or physical and chemical processes, responding to their circumstances according to their personal and particular motivations.    
   

"Every time we make a decision we choose a path from a wide range of possibilities. As we follow our path so it interacts with those of others. Imagine the shapes we would see if the paths we followed were made visible." (Bell 9/10/08 Statement for Beesworld exhibition)

   
    The majority of Stephen Bell's work has been created using computer graphics programs that follow rules based upon his interpretation of what might govern these complex interactive behaviours. The resulting shapes and patterns can look like those seen in trees, plants, flocks, herds and crowds and of human and animal settlements, or apparently random distributions of objects like fallen leaves and seeds.