Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
“Nuclear Family,” an exhibit of new work by Amy Bennett, features small paintings that tackle large topics, including marriage, child rearing and female identity.
Bennett depicts realistic scenes of domesticity, but her models are not actual houses and people. Nor are they photographs. Instead, Bennett constructs elaborate 3D models and then paints what she sees, much like a still-life painter. This approach gives Bennett complete control over lighting, composition, and angle of view.
Bennett’s work has been exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Arts & Design. In 2011, she was commissioned by The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Arts for Transit program to create a permanent mosaic installation at the 86th Street R Subway Station in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Bennett’s paintings have appeared on the covers of several novels, including, most recently, Celeste Ng’s “Little Fires Everywhere.”
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