'Untitled (pub#2)', Kiera Bennett

Painting of an outdoor scene with a bare tree, garden furniture and a shed

Paper collage, 11 x 14.5 cm

These painterly, intricate miniatures are made from thousands of fragments of paper. Every surface is clad; heavy with glue.

These gummy, claustrophobic, shadowy worlds choke with fullness.

These are romantic places which prompt thoughts of melancholy, solitude and paranoia. We pass by them on our quest for clarity. They are environments that evoke the sublime and draw us towards the unknowable. There is a promise of fresh air.


Kiera Bennett was born in Oldham in 1971. She studied at Mid Cheshire College of Art and Design Northwich 1989-90, The Ruskin School Oxford 1990-93 and the Royal College of Art 2000-2. Her exhibitions include Preface Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 2000, New Contemporaries Static, Liverpool and Barbican, London 2002, Reverse Engineering and One Night Stand Pearl Projects London, 2002 and San Antonio Texas 2004 and Collage Bloomberg Space London 2004.