“This body of work is a symbol of genealogy and heritage,” Bennett explained. “One piece inspires an entire series in my mind, and immediately becomes the patriarch or matriarch of a family–a group of sculptures. The hierarchies within each group are documented using the de Villiers/Pama System, which numbers members of a genealogy. Each ‘family’ shares characteristics that serve as a metaphor for heritage. For example, the repetition of a certain pattern, or line quality could represent systems of thought, dialect or profession.”
Bennett said creating with the knowledge that a piece will be included in this body provides for it a destination.
“Creating for this destination allows me the opportunity to address and process my qualms and observations on issues I have faced being raised in the Deep South such as race, intolerance, religion, faith and community,” he said. “By personifying the finished pieces and projecting these themes on the, I am able to create for myself a metaphysical community in which I can play out and reflect upon the process of life.”
Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Bennett’s work will also be on display during special NSU Homecoming viewing hours: 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.