I paint to make something from nothing: to communicate my visions to others; to put people where I have been. Like Anais Nin, I believe that art (writing, painting, music-----) provides us with the ‘anti toxins’ we need to live.
I paint because I want to record, communicate, recreate, create; an idea, experience, object, landscape or a feeling. I believe art whether it be painting, music, drama etc can lift us out of everyday routine. Participation is the key; the doing or the viewing or the listening.
I enjoy putting things together; colours, shapes, lines; to make order from chaos. This involves decision making and when a work is going well there is a balance between freedom and control as the decision making becomes less conscious and more intuitive.
Jenny Bennett, was born McLellan in 1950, in Hastings, New Zealand, and had a rural childhood.
After attending Iona College she later graduated with an M.A. (Hons) anthropology, from Otago and Auckland Universities and moved to the city of Whangarei where she still lives.
Bennett began painting in 1976 after the birth of her first child, and has explored a wide range of media and techniques, print making, clay sculpture, puppetry / performance, flax weaving, pastel work and collage. Bennett’s first exhibition was in 1976 and she has continued to show nationally and internationally.
She and has won various art awards and commissions; and served on arts boards, judging panels and in mentoring programmes.
Bennett regards overseas travel as important and values viewing great art, architecture and history.
She participated in the Florence Biennale 2007, and the Chianciano Biennale in 2009, 2011 and 2015. Bennett has also taken part in the Power of Perception and Art Expo in New York.
After several years of exploring various themes, mainly landscapes, Bennett says it has been exciting to begin a new series of exploring flora, involving new colours and abstraction work for the London Biennale in 2017.