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Richard Bell : Social Work

Richard Bell : Social Work

What was your favourite book as a child?

RB: My Friend Flicka.


Which member of your family influenced you the most?

RB: Mum.


How similar are your political beliefs to those of your family?

RB: Very.


If I asked a good friend of yours what you were good at, what would they say?

RB: Showing off.


What do you think would be the best thing about being the opposite gender?

RB: That I would be smarter.


How do you make important descisions?

RB: Routinely.


Do you think its ok to lie?

RB: No.


Do you believe in the existence of evil?

RB: Yes.


Is any religious text important to you?

RB: Yes.


What stays the same in your life, no matter how much other things change?  

RB: Nothing.


What do you hope for?

RB:  Hope.


What does freedom mean to you?

RB: A lot.


What do you like best about your body?

RB: That it’s alive.


What beliefs do you have that you think will never change?

RB: None – it’s all up for grabs.


Have you ever been lost?

RB: Yes. For years.


Is there anything you find irresistible?

RB: The female form.


How do you control your anger?

RB: Writing helps.


What is stopping you?

RB: Nothing.


What do you think is your main purpose in life?

RB: To reach my full potential.


What would you like to do more of?

RB: Shopping.


Richard Bell: Lessons on Etiquette and Manners, Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA –

5 February – 13 April 2013. Opening: Saturday 9 February, 3-5pm.

The first major presentation of Bell’s work in Melbourne, this exhibition comprises a survey of the artist’s well-known works in painting, video and other media, plus a significant new installation, A prelude to imagining victory 2012-13, which recreates the first Aboriginal Tent Embassy erected in 1972 on the lawns of Parliament House, Canberra.


See our video interview with Richard Bell shot in conjunction with Media Strikes Back:

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