Michelle Benoit’s work is made of wood and several layers of a translucent lucite that are painted and assembled over each other. This process creates an internal glowing effect to the work and causes the reflected light of each layer to appear in a new way every time you look at it. The work becomes a tangible remembering of isolated moments in time, and a way of visually capturing constant, fluid layers of experience through color and light. Her use of washes of paint on reclaimed, bulletproof lucite and wood provide the work an inherent history within its materiality. Each composition is composed in relation with the size of the fragments that she collects, and the color combinations are coded and symbolic of a past, a present, a memory, and place. She sees the work as, “a contemporary geologic core sample, a very personal, yet collective landscape”
Michelle Benoit received a BFA from Rhode Island College and an MA and an MFA from the University of Iowa. Her work has been exhibited nationally at public institutions including the Harper Center for the Arts, Clinton, SC, Sarah Doyle Gallery at Brown University, the Jamestown Center for the Arts, Jamestown, RI, and the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT. In addition, her work is in public and private collections including Memorial Sloan Kettering’s’ permanent collection, The University of Iowa Museum and The Swain School of Design. She was recently awarded the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Merit Fellowship in Painting, and received the Berkshire Taconic A.R.T. Grant, as well as the Iowa Arts Fellowship at the University of Iowa.