This fall Pentimenti Gallery presents the work of three artists for the group exhibition Cross-Sectional Views.
Cross-sectional views are used in a technical sense as a way of representing the often times hidden, interior components and inner-workings of a given item. They provide a way to look at things in a different light, and offer a deeper, more analytical understanding of what is presented to us on the surface. With this in mind, the work of these artists acts in a similar fashion, inviting viewers into each piece and offering more than what is immediately provided on the surface.
Michelle Benoit’s work becomes a tangible remembering of isolated moments in time, and a way of visually capturing constant, fluid layers of experience through color and light. Her use of washes of paint on reclaimed, bulletproof plastic and wood provide the work an inherent history within its materiality. Each composition is composed in relation with the size of the fragments that she collects, and the color combinations are coded and symbolic of a past, a present, a memory, and place. She sees the work as, “a contemporary geologic core sample, a very personal, yet collective landscape”.
Michelle Benoit received a BFA from Rhode Island College and a MA and a MFA from the University of Iowa. Her work has been exhibited nationally at public institutions including the Harper Center for the Arts, Clinton, SC; Sarah Doyle Gallery at Brown University; the Jamestown Center for the Arts, Jamestown, RI and the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT. In addition, her work is in public and private collections including Memorial Sloan Kettering’s’ permanent collection; The University of Iowa Museum and The Swain School of Design. She was recently awarded the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Merit Fellowship in Painting, and received the Berkshire Taconic A.R.T. Grant, as well as the Iowa Arts Fellowship at the University of Iowa.