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SUZANNE BENTON
Ridgefield, Connecticut - United States


, Dark Cloth, History, $1,680
, Uprising, History, $1,680
, The Hidden Smile, History, $945

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Artist Statement

ARTIST STATEMENT SCULPTOR, MASK MAKER PERFORMER & PRINTMAKER I believe that the purpose of art is to explore humanity and that art comes alive when it relates to our lives, my art draws on multicultural themes and engages participation. Developed as a bridge between cultures, it led me into diverse themes steeped in myth, ritual, and archetype. I created over 600 metal sculptured masks and have performed with them throughout the world (thus far in 29 countries). By studying the myths and mask-work of eastern and western cultures, I continue to infuse my art with this timeless material. As a performance artist, my repertoire of mask and story performances also explores myth, history, literature and legend. During my world travels and in the States, I presented hundreds of performances and led comparable workshops and classes in contemporary masking. Beyond mask and metal, I work in mixed media and printmaking. For example, my Secret Future Works are mixed media sculptures with locked interiors that open in the future. The unseen, presented within the context of art, encourages us to examine our personal and global futures. The first of now 19 such art works, created in 1989, was opened by its patron in 1995. The Jewish Heritage the SFW hidden messages were read at the National Jewish Museum, Washington DC in 1998. Other works will be opened in years to come. Secret Works created in India, Bangladesh, Ireland, Kenya, Tanzania, England, Bosnia, Spain, and in the States have messages locked inside that ...   Read More

Original Artworks (15)

Suzanne Benton; Balance, 2013, Original Printmaking Monoprint, 17.8 x 13.5 inches. Artwork description: 241  Balance monoprint with Chine collA(c)           ...
Suzanne Benton
Original Monoprint, 2013
17.8 x 13.5 inches (45.2 x 34.3 cm)
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Suzanne Benton; Maiden and the Night Sky, 2013, Original Printmaking Monoprint, 13.5 x 17.8 inches. Artwork description: 241  Maiden and the Night from Paintings in Proust series, monoprint with Chine collA(c)           ...
Suzanne Benton
Original Monoprint, 2013
13.5 x 17.8 inches (34.3 x 45.2 cm)
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Suzanne Benton; Spirit of Hope Secret Fut..., 2002, Original Sculpture Mixed, 17 x 10.5 inches. Artwork description: 241   France, still life, art history, mixed media, multilayers, multicultural Locked until the year 2000, never opened, collage        Spirit of Hope Secret Future Work, mixed media, open in 2013  ...
Suzanne Benton
Original Mixed Media Sculpture, 2002
17 x 10.5 inches (43.2 x 26.7 cm)
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Suzanne Benton; Rachel, copper coated ste..., 1989, Original Sculpture Mixed, 14.6 x 11.5 inches. Artwork description: 241  Metal mask, steel, copper coat           ...
Suzanne Benton
Original Mixed Media Sculpture, 1989
14.6 x 11.5 inches (37.1 x 29.2 cm)
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Suzanne Benton; Dark Cloth, 2014, Original Printmaking Other, 13 x 18 inches. Artwork description: 241  France, still life, art history, mixed media, multilayers, multicultural Locked until the year 2000, never opened, collage          ...
Suzanne Benton
Original Other Printmaking, 2014
13 x 18 inches (33.0 x 45.7 cm)
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Suzanne Benton; Uprising, 2014, Original Photography Other, 13 x 18.2 inches. Artwork description: 241  Monet, France, Gverny, gardens,  art history, mixed media, faces, portraits, multilayers, multicultural Locked until the year 2000, never opened, collage         ...
Suzanne Benton
Original Other Photograph, 2014
13 x 18.2 inches (33.0 x 46.2 cm)
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Suzanne Benton; The Hidden Smile, 2014, Original Printmaking Other, 8 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241     Da Vinci, Italy, art history, mixed media, faces, portraits, multilayers, multicultural Locked until the year 2000, never opened, collage        ...
Suzanne Benton
Original Other Printmaking, 2014
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
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Suzanne Benton; Ireland Portrait Boxes  inside, 2004, Original Sculpture Other, 8 x 44 inches. Artwork description: 241    mixed media, faces, portraits, multilayers, multicultural Locked until the year 2000, never opened, collage       ...
Suzanne Benton
Original Other Sculpture, 2004
8 x 44 inches (20.3 x 111.8 cm)
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Suzanne Benton; Ireland Portrait Boxes  front, 2004, Original Sculpture Other, 8 x 44 inches. Artwork description: 241   mixed media, faces, portraits, multilayers, multicultural Locked until the year 2000, never opened, collage      ...
Suzanne Benton
Original Other Sculpture, 2004
8 x 44 inches (20.3 x 111.8 cm)
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Suzanne Benton; Secret Treasure Box, 1990, Original Sculpture Mixed, 9.5 x 17.5 inches. Artwork description: 241  copper, wood, multilayers, multicultural Locked until the year 2000, never opened, collage     ...
Suzanne Benton
Original Mixed Media Sculpture, 1990
9.5 x 17.5 inches (24.1 x 44.5 cm)
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Suzanne Benton; The Gift, 2013, Original Printmaking Other, 26 x 36 inches. Artwork description: 241   From Paintings in Proust, Botticelli, cultures of the world, monoprint, layers, multicultural     ...
Suzanne Benton
Original Other Printmaking, 2013
26 x 36 inches (66.0 x 91.4 cm)
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Suzanne Benton; Apsara Prince, 2015, Original Sculpture Steel, 15.5 x 15 inches. Artwork description: 241   Nepal, Buddhist, mask, sculpture, steel, cultures of the world    ...
Suzanne Benton
Original Steel Sculpture, 2015
15.5 x 15 inches (39.4 x 38.1 cm)
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Suzanne Benton; The REader, 2015, Original Printmaking Other, 13.5 x 18 inches. Artwork description: 241    Vermeer, Proust, collage, mixed media, printmaking, Chine colle, color, form, structure, layers, interweaving, Touch of Vermeer, From Paintings in Proust spotlight to art history   ...
Suzanne Benton
Original Other Printmaking, 2015
13.5 x 18 inches (34.3 x 45.7 cm)
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Suzanne Benton; Girl with the Pearl, 2015, Original Printmaking Other, 20 x 27.3 inches. Artwork description: 241  Vermeer, Proust, collage, mixed media, printmaking, Chine colle, color, form, structure, layers, interweaving, spotlight to art history ...
Suzanne Benton
Original Other Printmaking, 2015
20 x 27.3 inches (50.8 x 69.3 cm)
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Suzanne Benton; Anarkali , 1994, Original Sculpture Steel, 7 x 11 inches. Artwork description: 241 This work was inspired by my working travels to South Asia where I created metal masks in response to the culture. Anarkali was a dancing girl in the court of the Moghul Emperor, Akbar who fell in love with his son, Selim ( later to become the Emperor ...
Suzanne Benton
Original Steel Sculpture, 1994
7 x 11 inches (17.8 x 27.9 cm)
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