Bremner Benedict

Bremner Benedict

Re-Imagining Eden
February 8 - March 21, 2011

Artist's Statement

"Milton, the 17th-century poet, in Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained describes Eden as representing a lost  past and at the same time an imagined future. He believes our identity as humans is inseparable from nature. His ideas inspire this body of work. The struggle between a love for the natural world and a desire to dominate it has produced a profound tension in our connection to nature. The persistent need to conquer and control the natural world has alienated us from it. The expectations for us to change our attitudes have never been greater. As technology diminishes our ability to see nature as the source of our identity, the shape of our future is uncertain. Both as a parent and a person concerned with the prospects ahead of us environmentally, I am investigating how the relationship we have to the natural world has changed. This work encompasses three views: one on a present Eden, one on a lost Eden, and one on a potential Eden.

Artist's Talk: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 11:30 am in the Hess Gallery
Artist's Talk: Sunday, February 27, 2:00-4:00 pm in the Hess Gallery