Nylen Galley at Picture This is welcoming home Ridgefield’s Suzanne Benton from her latest pilgrimage to India. The gallery will soon share the work inspired by her trip.
A reception for the artist will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 15, and the show will run June 1 through July14..
In this show, Suzanne expresses her deep interest in Indian myths and epic poems. She finds delight in bringing to life heroes and heroines of the past with her metal masks, portrait boxes and face paintings. These characters are charged with hope and symbolic meaning and inhabit ancient worlds. The deep colors and pigments of India are here too, suffusing the work with meditative power. Be transported!
Suzanne Benton has shared her many-faceted art for over 30 years and in 29 countries. As a trans-culturalist and feminist pioneer based in the States, her venues stretch beyond New York City’s art world to villages in remote parts of Africa, India, and Nepal, and to philosophy and education portals from Calcutta to Cambridge. A former Fulbright Scholar (India), and recipient of many grants and artist residencies including a Thanks be to Grandmother Winifred Grantee (East Africa) and many hostings by the cultural arm of the USIA/USIS, she’s traveled throughout the world since 1976, sharing her work in Bali, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, England, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yugoslavia. Beyond exhibiting widely (over 50 solo shows and representation in museum and private collections worldwide), she’s an active mask performance artist, lecturer, and workshop leader. Author of The Art of Welded Sculpture and numerous articles, she’s been listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who of American Artists, and International Who’s Who of Business and Professional Women.