Artist Reception: MJ Benson
Please join us to celebrate the work of M.J. Benson in the Gilsland Farm Gallery. Meet the artist and learn about her experimental monotypes, have some snacks, enjoy a Sunday afternoon at Gilsland Farm!
ARTIST STATEMENT & BIO
M.J. Benson (b. 1967) is an artist living and working on the Maine coast. Her paintings and photographs have been exhibited and collected internationally. Her use of materials is fearless and focused on her vision of the landscape. She has a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University, and an EdM in Arts in Education from Harvard University.
“I begin with the horizon, its ever steady line of delineation between the spaces of land, sky, sea. In between are layers and layers of light and color, sprung from my memory but unbound by realism. I use a framework, a few rules around composition or color, but it is the tension between what I expect and what the painting is telling me that dictates the flow and finish. I work, and wait, until the profound shifting between place and memory stills itself harmoniously in the piece.”