Amy Bennett – RICHARD HELLER GALLERY, Los Angeles
Born 1977 in Portland, Maine
Amy Bennett has participated in numerous exhibitions including XS, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY (2012); Otherworldly, Museum of Arts and Design, NY (2011) & MUba Eugène Leroy, France (2013); Sore Spots, solo show at Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm (2011); Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts & Letters, NY (2011); and Vacationland, solo show at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo (2009). Recently, she was a resident at The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Space Program and was awarded The American Academy of Arts & Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award and a NYFA Fellowship.
Bennett’s paintings of fictional narratives explore themes of fragility, isolation and vulnerability. As a still life for each painting Bennett builds a detailed 3D model. The paintings are representations of a miniaturized world playing at reality, depicting suspenseful scenes in which something meaningful could happen at any moment.
“Developing a scene in 3D gives me complete creative control and helps me to process and extract bits of my experience in order to make what is intuitive and dream-like something more concrete and real — something I can observe real light affecting. While working with tiny pieces that often slip frustratingly from my fingers, I am reminded of the delicacy and vulnerability of the world I am creating, and this summons empathy for my characters. I try to allow the awkwardness of the model to translate into the paintings to simulate the inadequacies of the memories, dreams and imagination that inspired the images in the first place.”