Texts by John Ruskin on JMW Turner, Buckminster Fuller and John Berger, as well as writing based on their observations and my own studio findings, have influenced the direction of my work. The body and landscape, in particular, are center dialogs in my studio, along with the influence of outside agents, the affects of weather patterns, light and dark, impulses. Jasper Johns and his Catenary Curve paintings, as well as his gray paintings, have pointed to a way to express ideas, of remorse, with a lighter hand. Within a gray or neutral palette, larger, more colorful themes emerge.
This year, Gretchen Bennett has been awarded a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space residency and she presented her third solo show with Howard House, “Community World Theatre”. In both 2008 and 2009 she was awarded residencies with The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavik, Iceland. In 2009 she was awarded an Artist Trust GAP Grant toward making “I don’t blame you”. Her work is currently featured in the Seattle Art Museum video gallery video, as well as in the exhibition “Kurt”, at the Seattle Art Museum, both curated by Michael Darling. She has written for issues 1 and 6 of “La Norda Specialo”, a 'zine for artists' writing about art. Bennett has been a guest lecturer at Seattle University, Rutgers University MGSA and Cornish College of the Arts. She received her MFA at Rutgers University in 2001.