Amy Bennett

American, b. 1977

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Working with themes such as transition, aging, isolation, and loss, New York-based artist Amy Bennett is interested in the fragility of relationships and people’s awkwardness in trying to coexist and relate to one another.

Bennett designs and paints from miniature 3D models, allowing her total creative control of the scenes she imagines. She is able to manipulate composition, light, and vantage point, often in an attempt to simulate the inadequacies of memory, dreams, and the imagination.

Bennett’s current body of work traces the development of an artificial model of “miniature land” that she created in her upstate New York studio. The landscape in Bennett’s paintings gradually changes from “virgin,” to farmland, to village, culminating with a small town containing 450+ structures. Bennett’s new paintings invite the viewer to consider shifting relationships to our surroundings over the course of time, and offer an eerie reminder of the persistence of change and the impermanence of everything.

Bennett is the 2015 recipient of both The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Past awards include: Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Painting; American Academy of Arts & Letters Purchase Award; New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY; New York Foundation for the Arts/Deutsche Bank Fellowship; Smack Mellon Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY; Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant; Prince of Wales Scholarship to Normandy, France; Research Fellowship, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY; Felicia C. Miller Award for Artistic Excellence; and the Barbara Podorowsky Memorial Award for Excellence in Painting.

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