Alysa Bennett


Alysa Bennett during her exhibition at Cerulean Arts

Over the course of my career as an artist, I have sought to examine subjects that I find moving and mysterious. Horses have continuously been one of my prime subject matters and they have formed the core of my ideas and inspiration. I have created multiple drawings, prints, paintings and sculptures of them, each medium allowing for new interpretations. I was raised on, and often return to, a Western cattle ranch where I have the opportunity to enjoy both an immediacy and intimacy with these animals. I am intrigued watching them as they play, fight, rest or work, their gestures mirroring our own in a kind of universal language. It is the evocative power of these gestures that I strive to depict in the drawings and sculptures, hoping to articulate that even in a slight turn of the horse’s head there is something compelling and full of possible narrative.
In the current work I have started using pigeon feathers as the medium with which to sculpt these horses. I am exploring the idea of creating an image of one being from the components of another and I enjoy contemplating the interconnection and opposition between the lightness and fragility of a bird’s feathers with the weight and solidity of a horse’s muscle. That is equally as engaging for me as is the task of creating a solid figure from the chaotic pile of pigeon feathers on the studio floor. In the past I have also used straw as a challenging medium from which to sculpt horses. The charcoal drawings are another way for me to coax form from chaos; in this case it is the chaos of lines, drawn energetically and randomly at first, then driven and developed until the image emerges. I will continue my exploration of ways to speak visually of horses, other animals and the desert landscape, and I am looking forward to an expanding world of mediums in order to do so.



Out for a Stroll, feathers, sticks and wood, 24" x 25" x 12"  Available   


By the Creek, oil on canvas, 12" x 16"  Available  


Still Here,
oil on canvas, 20" x 20"  Available 


Dancing Tree, oil on canvas, 30" x 30"  Available 


The Foal, straw, sticks and wood, 22" x 22" x 12"  Available  


The Brush Trap, oil on canvas, 24" x 36"  Available 

 
Blue Boy, feathers, sticks and wood, 27" x 28" x 12"  SOLD 


Desert Mountain, watercolor, 15" x 19.5"  SOLD   


Out of the Rock, oil on canvas, 16" x 20"  SOLD 


White Poplar, oil on canvas, 12" x 16"  SOLD