Bennett Art

Bennett Art Photography on Wood Panel

Amanda Bennett remembers painting with her grandmother as a child, who used a spatula as her primary tool. However, it wasn’t until years later, staring at the blank walls of her loft in Birmingham, Alabama, that she rediscovered her passion for the process of creation. Though it began as a practical answer to the abject poverty of life after college, this act of thrifty outfitting inspired her to cultivate her own unique style, a place where process demands as much attention as its end result.

As a Huntsville, Alabama native, Bennett moved to Nashville eight years ago where she finally got serious about her art. Her music inspired art gained local attention, as her signature guitars found their homes in local digs such as Fanny’s House of Music on the east side. When Bennett finally decided to release the paces of nine to five living, her art reflected her transformation. She moved through a transcendent few months of abstracts and then awakened one morning from a night of mixed media dreaming.

If you’re wondering where you’ll find Bennett lately, it’s snapping crazy cool shots of local characters and characters around Nashville and beyond, most recently capturing the soul and local flavor of the Mississippi Delta and New Orleans. Her latest series demonstrates her ever-evolving and rare perspective, a photographic journey of tales untold in the way Deep South. She has taken two things she loves, acrylic mediums and photography, and transformed them in to a funk style mash up on plywood for your viewing pleasure.

However, Bennett is never too far from her grandmother’s easel, creating art inspired by the technique and the soul of her teacher.

Rachel Ourada

In my work I make visible the ethereal nature of ideas. The camera as a tool can only reproduce what it is presented with. However, this does not prevent it from being manipulated to present what is going on behind the camera. The process by which my images are created spans three centuries. Imagery is captured using a 20th Century film camera. Photographs are developed using 19th Century processes – Van Dyke and Cyanotype. Finally, the photographs are scanned, digitally manipulated, enlarged, and printed by giclĂ©e technique, adding the final touch of modern technology. By combining technical landmarks of photography, the final image is at the same time completely isolated from its source point and is an amalgamation of many points in time. There are hints to time or place, but most images are alienated snapshots of the world fantastic. Some images are staged, others are found. The unifying factor in my work is my appreciation of existence and its intrinsically surreal nature.

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Rebecca Plotnick

Rebecca Plotnick took an unconventional route into the world of photography. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and studied Apparel Merchandising at Indiana University, but couldn’t stay away from photography. Over the last 10 years, she has explored the two poles of the medium – the dark room and the digital world. Rebecca wants her photographs to encourage people to “linger over the beauty of life a little longer.” While much of her work has been based on scenes from her local farmer’s market in Chicago, she has been expanding her portfolio of travel photography with recent trips to Italy, England, Israel and most recently Paris.

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