Using the lens of visual language, Amy Bennion investigates trauma’s core, naming and placing it in search for the sublime kinship between all people. With this body of work, Bennion is exploring how trauma can connect a person to the multifarious archetypes that live within the Self. In these portraits of her siblings, Bennion investigates the connection that they have to the collective unconscious through a close look at how universal myths play out within each of their individual psyches through their shared similar traumas related to mental illness, divorce, and fear of death from physical illness. For each portrait, her siblings collaborated generously with her – through long walks, emails, and the sharing of notes and sketches – in order to discover a deeply specific trait or experience that they each share. By using this discrete group, people who parallel the artist’s genetics and experience, Bennion delves into how all people are connected. Like a fractal, this micro branch of connections echoes the larger branch of human connections. Bennion’s purpose is not to transform the chaos of these lives into something palatable, but to see the chaos clearly, giving it a kind of order. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, August 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The artists will each give a brief talk about their works beginning at 6:30 p.m. during the reception. Amy Bennion is an artist and educator living and working in Provo, Utah. She has taught painting and drawing as an adjunct instructor for the last ten years—at the University of Utah, Utah Valley University, Westminster College, and the Early College Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Bennion has been a part of the Museum Education team of the Art Institute of Chicago and in the Education and Engagement Department at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. She earned a BFA from Brigham Young University, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from the University of Utah.
- August 26, 2019 at 8am – September 20, 2019
Finch Lane Gallery at the Art Barn
54 Finch Lane (1320 East 100 South)
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
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