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Paintings , Sculpture


23 x 23 x 0.5 cm
9.06 x 9 x 0.20 in


2750,00 €

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  • About the work

Medium: mixed media and mixed technique. "I buy scraps of left over Lucite and bulletproof plexiglass from local businesses that supply this material to banks, political events, and various other people that may have a need for this product. The compositions of the work are often determined by the size, shape and width of the available fragments. These components are then cut on various saws and occasionally routered by hand or by CNC machine. I sand and burnish the individual shapes and pieces for different levels of clarity, depending on what I want for the work. I cut and burnish over and again until the pieces fit together with the desired look. I do the same with the maple plywood. The wood is often used simultaneously as a support to hold the work together as well as an area for opacity. A place that I want the light and the color to bounce back, rather than to see into. Both the Lucite and the wood are painted with acrylics, pigments, gouaches, watercolors, vinyl paints and binders. The painting process is always in flux. I use rollers, brayers, sprays, sponges, brushes, puddles of pigment, evaporation, sunshine, heat guns and leveling tables. Whatever I feel is necessary to achieve the result that I am looking for. I repaint and layer these transparent washes of color multiple times until I have the desired combination of light embedded in the hue. The work is then adhered with resin and clamped tightly. After a bit, the work is then cut again, sanded, burnished and often painted again with more washes of color and varnish." Michelle Benoit

About the Artist

, United States

Michelle Benoit’s work often combines transparent and opaque materials. Cut, burnished, painted, stacked, mortared and coalesced. Time and again appeal, experimentation and intent are embedded, revealing process and structure as image. Color combinations are symbolic of the past. People, thought, events and the memory of place are all assigned a color and re-remembered through hue. The objects signify an idealized geologic core sample, where time and sequence are rearranged. Selected exhibitions include 60 Americans at The Makeshift Museum, Los Angeles CA, The Muriel Guepin Gallery NY,NY, Gebert Contemporary; Scottsdale, AZ, New Britain Museum of Art CT, The Sarah Doyle Gallery, Brown University, The Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY and the Stephen McLaughlan Gallery; Melbourne, Australia. Benoit was the recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship at the University of Iowa, the Merit Fellowship in Painting from Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Berkshire Taconic’s A.R.T. Grant, as well as consecutive Special Talent Awards from Rhode Island College. Her work is in the collections of the The Swain School of Design/university of Massachusettes Dartmouth, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s permanent collection, the University of Iowa and numerous private collections. She received a BFA from Rhode Island College, MA and MFA from the University of Iowa . While studying in Iowa, Benoit was strongly influenced during an internship at the State Office of the Archeologist. Born in Bridgewater Massachusetts, she currently lives and works with her husband, an architect, and quite a few previously homeless dogs, cats and occasionally other wayward critters. Together they are restoring a historic 18th century farmhouse in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

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Milan, Via Aurelio Saffi 9, Milan

Since ten years, Morotti Contemporary Art focused on the investigation of the art fields by promoting an intense exhibition activity, in both of its venues: Milan and Varese. Morotti Arte Contemporanea keeps an eye at the visual arts landscape. In the 18th century villa of Varese and in the space of Via Aurelio Saffi in Milan, there are both personal and ...

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