Carol Bennett, ‘Dissolve’, 2016, Elisa Contemporary

Carol Bennett is a native of Los Angeles, who has spent the last 20 years living in Hawaii. Her work is a meditative journey through both the water and through life. She is one of the few artists to truly capture what it's like to be in...and moving and swimming through the water.

For Carol, the act of swimming underwater is similar to the process of painting. Her approach results in multi-layered surfaces that are intricate and textured and unexpected. She is constantly experimenting with her pieces: adding, subtracting, sanding and recoating.

She has created over 100 large public and corporate commissions internationally including a 48 ft. stained glass/ photovoltaic solar canopy for the Hawaii State Art Museum Sculpture Garden in 2013. Water flows through all her work, large and small.

About Carol Bennett

Exposing the properties of light and its interactions with different materials, Carol Bennett explores luminosity through paintings and glass works. Her paintings of female swimmers underwater, with their diffracted forms and suspended rays of light, position the sun’s rays as material and tangible, while her glass works, which feature colored glass and metallic coatings, react to changing natural light and incorporate the surrounding landscape. Based in Hawaii, Bennett is inspired by the way minor events can coalesce to affect greater change. Having previously worked as a stage-set designer and billboard painter, Bennett became accustomed to working with small details to build a larger work of art that is interesting both up close and from afar.

American, b. 1954, Los Angeles, California