Michelle Bennethum:
dreaming of painting dreams

My life and inner visions are alive in my work through abstraction, leaving open spaces for you to fill.

I had a dream a few years ago that I was on a spaceship and part of some kind of experiment.  When someone was very ill, others would volunteer to give them images to get better.  I prepared by slicing apples real thin in neat pieces and then putting them in a dish to eat.  So, I walked up concrete stairs to a tunnel that was gold and iridescent on the OUTside and deep dark and infinite on the INside.  I took off all my clothes and jewelry and flew in, dissolving into particles.  I couldn't even see what I looked like, I couldn't feel my body.  I tried my best to produce images, seeing pulses of quickness, of light and pattern. I then flew out another side of the tunnel to a feast and celebration...... another time, my black cat, Alex, jumped out of an elk's mouth carrying instructions on how to integrate mother creation with death destruction....... and yet in another dream, an old wise wild woman went to an old 1945 car's engine and took out a red book hidden in it andgave it to me.  It was a play that I was supposed to direct, yet I had know idea how.  I wanted to ask her questions but she went andlaid down with a man and a woman and went to sleep.

I am interested in personal archetypes and mythology.  Joseph Campbell said, "Dream is the personalized myth, myth the depersonalized dream; both myth and dream are symbolic in the same general way of the dynamics of the psyche."  A lot of these pieces have images and archetypes: animals, spirits, mystery; that i've begun an eternal conversation with. My work is my expression of the soul journey, the evolving struggle of knowledge of self.  Visions, instructions and plays from my muses.

I work with many media, such as acrylics, oil bars, latex, pastel, charcoal, ink, and found objects, washboard, broken glass, wood, wallpaper, text. I have a BFA in Fibers.  I've incorporated many fibers techniques, such as bookmaking, papermaking, weaving, sewing and embellishment in my work.

:: Michelle Bennethum ::
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