I am interested in the liminal spaces within landscape created by natural transitions; those uncertain, indeterminate spaces caught between one world and another. My work is descriptive in form, light and place in an atmospheric way.
I want the viewer to experience, for example, that psychological state of mind created at the moment between wakefulness and dreaming, that threshold moment where alchemy happens and limitless contemplation is possible.
I look at landscapes, seascapes and the ever changing weather. The intimate landscape beneath my fees is just as engrossing as the grander view, and the interplay between the two, the near and the far, just as stimulating. With my painting, relationship between materials used and image created is everything to me. One is responsible for the other, it is symbiotic. The resultant conversation is where the true dialogue can happen. This is the entry point, the pace where the liminal experience is possible – this is the essence of my work.
British artist, Rachael Bennett, born in 1956 grew up in Hampshire and attended Winchester School of Art. She attended Liverpool University to complete her first degree before moving to London where, by the age of 22, she was running a successful design business.
For the next 20 years she sold designs and worked to commission internationally, mainly in the home furnishing market.
During these years she was asked to contribute to the teaching programmes of several universities as a visiting lecturer, linking the commercial work and working with students’ individual learning and development. Becoming interested in inspiring the creative process she trained in art therapy and psychodynamic counselling for 4 years while continuing her design practice. She moved to Devon in the 1990’s.
Using her experience with a wide range of art making materials Rachael produces evocative, powerful descriptions of liminal space, mostly in the form of land and seascapes. Her interest is in the integration of the materials uses and a story to be told. Her process and philosophy is bold, informed by the bold life/work decisions she has always been able to make.
She continues to exhibit widely, steadily gaining success.