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LUCIE BENNETT | NEW ORIGINAL COLLAGES AND DRAWINGS

April 16th 2016
Lucie Bennett’s small scale collages and drawings have been carefully created in an intimate size in an attempt to draw the viewer in, as the artist experiments with new mediums and techniques to construct these beautifully feminine works.

Lucie Bennett is best known for her minimal gloss paintings and screenprint editions featuring the female form, drawn in simple line configurations. Over the past few years however she’s been working with new mediums such as acrylic sheets and neon light, which have both received a warm welcome by collectors of her work. Bennett’s most recent way of working involves hand-cut card, which she uses to create unique collages. Working on a much smaller scale, she explains: “I wanted to make some very feminine pieces that were more intimate in size and drew the viewer in”.

Focussing on this idea of looking more closely, Bennett encourages us to consider how we explore the works with our eyes. She likes the contrast of presenting another colour or material underneath as a different layer for us to see, so that a portion of the work is concealed and then partly revealed as she plays with positive and negative space. Blue and White and Cream and Pink- which are mirror images of each other - along with Olive and Aluminium, are the most minimal with just two layers; the latter with a metallic card as the base. Grey with Green and Pink with Aluminium both consist of three elements, and see Bennett using blocks of colour rather than a single line on a one-colour backdrop as seen in those which are more minimal.

The idea of concealing and partially revealing created by the collaged materials reiterates Bennett’s chosen subject matter. Sensual female forms lay provocatively across each piece, with only their undergarment-wearing torsos on show; heads and limbs sit just outside the frame, leaving the rest to the viewer’s imagination, adding to the seductive nature of the works. Making the collages takes focus and patience - each one is painstakingly hand-cut by Bennett with a scalpel to achieve each precise line and shape, with the relief and recesses lending rich texture to the final works.

Alongside the collages, Lucie has also been making drawings. Again small in scale, these mimic the paintings and prints she’s best recognised for as she works her magic with single lines onto the paper. Pink Drawing sees her use the same colour palette as works such as the popular Pink Knickers and Fuchsia Pants print editions - a cheeky pink line onto a white background. Endearingly intimate, Pink Drawing reveals some fantastic mark-making by the artist, which is somehow relaxed yet precise in equal measures.

Drawing 1 and Drawing 2, both graphite on paper, are the initial sketch ideas for Bennett’s 2015 screenprints Duck Feather Blue and Softest Cinnamon, and therefore arguably something of a collector’s item for Bennett enthusiasts. When viewed alongside each other, it’s clear there have been some modifications to Drawing 1 in its transition into the basis for Duck Feather Blue, most obviously seen in the position of the subject’s right arm, but also in her posture, which seems slightly more relaxed in the screenprint. Drawing 2 was more or less used as an exact reference image for the pairing print Softest Cinnamon. Changes were made in the hair, and the line is somewhat more controlled in the print, but aside from that there has been little change from the drawing.

All eight new works are unique pieces and available from today from £825.00. See the works in more detail here.
ANGIE DAVEY
Creative Director
LUCIE BENNETT
Blue and White
 
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Olive and Aluminium
 
 
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Drawing 2 Drawing 1
 
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