Emma Bennett | Several Small Fires

GALLERY HOURS Wednesday-Saturday 11am-6pm or by appointment
CHARLIE SMITH LONDON is delighted to present Emma Bennett with her third one person show at the gallery.

PRIVATE VIEW 25 June 18:30-20:30

EXHIBITION DATES Friday 26 June – Saturday 25 July 2015
GALLERY HOURS Wednesday-Saturday 11am-6pm or by appointment

For this exhibition Bennett has created an exquisite set of intimate oil paintings on oak panels. Combining appropriated still life elements with beds, fire and landscapes; this is a significantly personalised series. Exploring the fleeting nature of experience and encounters, Bennett’s paintings are resonant and nostalgic.

They also refer to the incomplete, fragmented nature of memory and thought:‘My recent paintings, like memories, contain small fragments of imagery – these are focused details surrounded by darkness and ambiguity. The imagery of the paintings locates memories in specific places and, as with memories, there are sharply focused details as well as inaccuracies and things that one can’t quite recall.’ This fragmented or failed recollection serves to blur the boundaries of reality and imagination, and introduces notions of desire, absence and loss. The illogicality of apparently disparate figurative elements suggests ambiguities in time and space, whilst the intangible nature of the subjects represented intonate dream and flux. We are eluded by the transient nature of smoke, fire and water, and reminded of the impermanence of the corporeal.

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