Summer 2022 Remote Intern Bell Beecher Pitkin

During the summer of 2022, Bell Beecher Pitkin is working as an intern at Sinister Wisdom. We are pleased to introduce Bell to the Sinister Wisdom community.

Bell Beecher Pitkin is a Lesbian artist and student who lives and works between North Carolina and Boston, studying at Wellesley College. They work primarily utilizes 35mm and medium format photography, experimental print methods, and non-narrative video to explore themes of youth, memory, and identity often situated in the landscape and mysticism of the Southern United States. Currently, Bell is pursuing their bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Media Studies and will be completing a studio art thesis this year which studies folk art, vernacular photography, and family mythologies in the new American South.

Thus far, their work at Sinister Wisdom has included proofreading and editing, helping to organize and facilitate the ALFA 50th Anniversary event, and imagining a special art project for Sinister Wisdom’s 50th anniversary.

Bell Beecher Pitkin

Eclipse Viewing, digital print

At Tupelo, silver gelatin print

Facing the Hill, silver collodion tintype

Zoe, 35mm color film scan

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