Amy Bennett’s seemingly prosaic small-scale portraits of domestic life thrum with an undercurrent of unease. Bennett makes three-dimensional miniatures that she references to create her paintings, prints, and sculptures. The artist builds dioramas of rural and suburban life that capture small, narratively fraught tableaux. The paintings appear to depict observations directly taken from life, but on close observation reveal their tiny source material. This process emphasizes the voyeuristic quality of the viewer’s gaze; her subjects are often depicted at a distance, which makes the homes and people in her work appear to be doll-like but also suggests they are subjects under surveillance. Bennett received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art. She has exhibited in New York, London, Los Angeles, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Basel, and her work is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2015, she was named a Guggenheim Fellow.
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