New Mother, 2018


Oil on panel

6.00 x 9.00 in

15.2 x 22.9 cm

Unique Work

Signed and dated: "Amy Bennett 2018" (verso)

$10,000 - $15,000

About The Work

Amy Bennett’s paintings offer a window into what Eleanor Heartney termed the “unhistoric acts” of everyday life. In this body of work, Bennett calls attention to these seemingly unremarkable moments of contemporary family life by painting them on a miniature scale, encouraging the viewer to take a closer look.

In order to create her depictions of domestic activity, the artist builds miniscule three-dimensional models and then paints what she sees, working from both her imagination and from life. Using everyday materials such as wood, Styrofoam, and plastic, Amy Bennett fabricates her own worlds whose scenes inform her paintings.

What results from this model world is a stream of narratives that Bennett translates into her paintings in a style that Heartney calls “an unsettling kind of realism – simultaneously artificial and naturalistic.” Whilst her compositions represent a moment frozen in time, they are by no means static; her paintings buzz with the energy of a living experience. As Heartney writes, “The glimpses we are afforded are always partial, although in somecases the continuity of setting suggests that we may be observing different moments in a connected narrative.”

By isolating fleeting and quotidian moments, Bennett invites the viewer to introspect on what is often overlooked. Upon closerinvestigation, these moments reveal themselves as more unsettling than comfortable. The artist’s use of differing perspectives—incorporating both bird’s eye views and zoomed-in close ups—simultaneously creates the comfort of context and a sense of disorientation.

Courtesy of Miles McEnery Gallery

About Amy Bennett

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