FINCH LANE GALLERY PRESENTS ARTISTS AMY BENNION AND ELIZABETH MATTHEWS
The Salt Lake City Arts Council is pleased to present its newest exhibition featuring artists Amy Bennion and Elizabeth Matthews at the Finch Lane Gallery, August 9 through September 20, 2019. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, August 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The artists will each give a brief talk about their works beginning at 6:30 p.m. during the reception.
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Using the lens of visual language, Amy Bennion investigates trauma’s core, naming and placing it in search for the sublime kinship between all people. With this body of work, Bennion is exploring how trauma can connect a person to the multifarious archetypes that live within the Self. In these portraits of her siblings, Bennion investigates the connection that they have to the collective unconscious through a close look at how universal myths play out within each of their individual psyches through their shared similar traumas related to mental illness, divorce, and fear of death from physical illness. For each portrait, her siblings collaborated generously with her – through long walks, emails, and the sharing of notes and sketches – in order to discover a deeply specific trait or experience that they each share. By using this discrete group, people who parallel the artist’s genetics and experience, Bennion delves into how all people are connected. Like a fractal, this micro branch of connections echoes the larger branch of human connections. Bennion’s purpose is not to transform the chaos of these lives into something palatable, but to see the chaos clearly, giving it a kind of order.
Amy Bennion is an artist and educator living and working in Provo, Utah. She has taught painting and drawing as an adjunct instructor for the last ten years-at the University of Utah, Utah Valley University, Westminster College, and the Early College Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Bennion has been a part of the Museum Education team of the Art Institute of Chicago and in the Education and Engagement Department at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. She earned a BFA from Brigham Young University, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from the University of Utah.
Moving through and healing from domestic violence is a process that transforms over time. In her artistic practice, Elizabeth Matthews addresses both her personal experience as a survivor of domestic violence and the societal responses surrounding this topic. This newest body of work uses empty chairs to address the culture of isolation and silence resulting from violence in the home. In Untold Aftermath, Matthews explores concepts that frequently occur in cases of domestic violence: scapegoating, silencing, gaslighting, coercion, and financial abuse. Modeled after Matthews’ personal dining room chairs – objects often associated around a table where families share food and conversation – these chairs now find themselves in both familiar and foreign settings experiencing chaos, a state of isolation, or the exercise of power dynamics. The issues are personal, familial, and societal. As Matthews reminds us in the exhibition title Untold Aftermath, the stories of domestic violence rarely end with the signing of divorce papers. Those stories are continuously unfolding and, she states, demand a response.
Elizabeth Matthews is a native of Salt Lake City and earned a BFA from Brigham Young University with an emphasis in painting and drawing, and an M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from Utah State University. Matthews’ paintings recently received awards at the 7th Annual Holladay Fine Art Show and at the 95th Annual Spring Salon in Springville, UT. She continues to exhibit work across Utah and currently maintains a studio at the Baldwin Radio Factory in East Millcreek.
For more information please contact the Salt Lake City Arts Council at 801.596.5000 or visit saltlakearts.org.