“I am intrigued by the idea that we live our lives and, for most of us, all that's left to mark our experiences and tell our stories are memories, a few photographs, and a few random objects easily discarded. In many ways, these images and objects are like evidence – all that is left as proof of our existence once the memory has faded.
I use found materials, maps, original photographs and image transfers, and even plant prints as symbols – letting them take on meanings beyond themselves. These symbols come together in layers of semi-transparent encaustic paint or acrylic collage to create narratives that are at once deeply personal and profoundly universal. Even though I often begin a piece with a general concept or focal point, I work intuitively, building layers. I am frequently surprised by the meanings I discover in a piece once it feels complete, and am curious about what viewers discover when they look into the paintings.”
Bridget Benton has worked and taught in a variety of creative mediums since 1988 including fiber, photography, printmaking, collage, reclaimed materials, text and performance. In 2006, Bridget was drawn to encaustic as a way of layering photography, fiber, and other materials in a way that was both warm and nuanced. In her work, Bridget uses unusual juxtapositions of objects, symbols, and materials to explore themes of home, connection, belonging and memory.
Bridget’s passion as a teacher is helping people discover and develop their own creative voice. An instructor at 310 ART, her workshops focus on techniques and processes that facilitate self-discovery and creative exploration. Her award-winning book, The Creative Conversation: ArtMaking as Playful Prayer, is a guide to creating flow in your creative work and building intuitive artmaking skills. Bridget Benton holds a BA in Studio Art and an MS in Creative Studies (the applied work of facilitating and engaging creative processes).