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Making Hybrids: Jamie Bennett | Visiting Artist Lecture
Jamie Bennett has been interested for some time in how various cultures in changing eras have represented and mediated nature away from its natural state. He believes these interpretations are done to make nature resonate; whether through oppression, perfection or interpretation. It is clear to him that the mediation of nature has a transcendent capability. In his most recent work there are carful, minutely detailed renderings of what could be living motifs, but paradoxically are artificial and fragmented into unlikely abstracted topographies.
Jamie Bennett lives and works in Stone Ridge, New York, and is co-head of the Metal Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz. His work was the subject of a recent museum retrospective that traveled the US from 2008-2010. His drawings, jewelry and wall reliefs are in the collection of over twenty museum internationally, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Hiko Misuno School of Jewelry Collection in Tokyo, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and the Yale Museum of Art collection at Yale University. He is a three time recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship. In 2009 the American Crafts Council awarded him as an Eileen Webb Fellow of the Council. In 2011 he was awarded his third New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Professor Bennett has a one-person exhibition at Antonella Villanova Gallery in Florence, Italy in May, 2013.