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Lynn Benson

Exhibitions/Performances (2017)

Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking
Statement of Work

I am drawn to forces within the natural world and I watch how we humans perceive and impact these delicate balances. My subject matter is within that dynamic realm. Working with paint, printmaking, fabric, collage, photography, installation, and more, I look for core essences and universals, surprises, fragility, and reverence, in balance with specific issues surfacing in this politically and environmentally challenged world we inhabit.

My current work relates to world water. The amazing meandering lines captured by satellite view of rivers and shorelines provide constant inspiration with adjacent land shapes an intriguing foil. I play upon the botanical and anatomical similarities in paths of fluids and patterns of growth, relishing opportunities to push paint through layers while exploring fluid dynamics in liquid media. Whether oceans, river deltas, and aquifers, or atmosphere, drought, and rain, my longtime attraction to and interest in water is rooted in proximity to the ocean as a toddler, and awareness of the burning Cuyahoga River in the 1960s (in part leading to the federal Clean Water Act in 1972). Then there’s the long-ago overheard conversation between my father and uncle, both chemical engineers, regarding pollution in the San Francisco Bay from my uncle’s chemical plant!

It is impossible to ignore the crucial role that water will play in our future. I want to be a part of the conversation as we face enormous change and challenges on a global scale related to our waters.

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