The paintings are glimpses of a scene or fragments of a narrative. Some of the images are conceived of sequentially. While the images don’t necessarily need to be ‘read’ in order, I am interested in storytelling over time through repeated depictions of the same house or car or person, seasonal changes, and shifting vantage points. Like the disturbing difficulty of trying to put rolls of film in order several years after the pictures have been taken, I hope the collective images suggest a known past that is just beyond reach. I intend for the tiny scale to enhance an urge for more information. Similar to a memory, they are fictional constructions of significant moments and distillations of experience. One of my challenges is to invite the viewer to form his or her own connection and narrative so that he may empathize with the occupants’ seemingly mundane existence.
Working with common themes such as transition, aging, isolation, and loss, I am interested in the fragility of relationships and the awkwardness of a group of people trying to coexist and relate to one another. As I transitioned my model into winter, snowbanks of increasing depth seemed to fortify a sense of isolation and quietness. The paintings portray both the magical and suffocating potential of snow, the wonder at its stark beauty and the hopelessness that spring might never come.
"Bennett’s work is simply amazing. When I look at her paintings I believe I’m seeing scenes from a dream; real but the details are fuzzy. She builds tiny dioramas of interior settings and landscapes to use as reference for her paintings. I consider this to be the little stroke of genius that keeps her work curious and fresh."
"Amy Bennett's paintings are captivating. She balances the often haunting narratives present in her work with a sensitive, painterly beauty that is so engaging. As a part of her process, Bennett creates three-dimensional models, which she uses as source material for the visual tableaus in her paintings, and the visual result is somewhat detached yet strangely familiar."