In this series, I position my expressive textile paintings as tarps. Metaphorically, I see tarps as protective, versatile and adaptive. They embody the best attributes of textile with the potential of sculptural form and expressive gestures through painting, printing and mixed media.
The Tarp Series asks what is the role of art in our fraught, modern society ruled by technology and uncertainty? What does it mean to be a maker under circumstances where political comment, identity and narrative are a primary conversation? Is there a role for creative expression in non-narrative ways, much like the role that music performs? How can we “play” more, separating the essence of creativity from the “serious” and formal presentation of art found only in museum and gallery settings?
For me, the concept of the tarp is a symbol of shelter, and sheltering, of fulfilling the important role that inspiration, creative thinking and creative practice provide in order to make the rest of the oughts and musts of the world happen. To remind us of our humanity and to inspire compassion. (Hover over each image for details about each piece.)
EXHIBITIONS: I am currently seeking venues for exhibitions of my Tarp Series, and associated small mixed media and drawings. For more information, please see this handy guide: Astrid Hilger Bennett – Tarp Series Exhibition Proposal_web.