Artist Statement: “A Mythology is a personal mythology. The painting was created using black and white independently of one another through a process of layering until an equal balance is struck between the two. In creating the work this way I am seeking to explore the notions of duality, non-duality and interdependence through my creative process. The imagery and content of the painting are of personal and universal symbols which are composed and drawn in such ways as to imply narrative.”
Medium: Acrylic on unstretched canvas
Dimensions: 210 h x 370 w cm
CHG Directors Statement: This painting was awarded the "Impetus award' at the 2014 - Bloom, Watt Space Student art prize, University of Newcastle, NSW.
Ben Kenning's new paintings complimented the culture, busyness, frenetic activity and colours so much a part of India! Also he was influenced by the disintegration of the cities infrastructure through the passage of time and the effects of nature. He observed the half stage of ruin versus new structures rising. This phenomena is reflected in some of the exhibition workings. Do you regard your Indian experience a game changer? Ben said it was the most consistent body of work he'd produced for a long time. He reinforced the strength, style and alternate subject matter to respond to was a positive development as opposed to working from the imagination alone. The influence of being in and experiencing India was important and the universal theme for the show. He feels he has developed a mastery and control over his art process which was exhilarating.
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