Remembering Forgotten Landscapes, 2020.
Gemma Benton (Menominee/Filipino)
Dyptich in oil, earth, pigment, coldwax..

The warmth of my art comes from the many layers of organic textures such as earth pigments, resins, ash, and beeswax that are artfully embedded within each piece. As I lay down each layer I am in deep conversation with the spirit of place, the ancestral bones that lay in the ground beneath my own feet, and my own ancestors that dwell within. As I paint I am praying and singing for healing — for the earth and humanity — for the places where our lives are mixed and mingled. This piece was inspired by the Confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers and the way time, memory, and history influence and shape our personal and collective narratives.

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