Carol Bennett

Carol Bennett Artist Statement 2015

My ‘Women in Water’ series comes from a personal place: I swim seven days a week, and while I don’t consider them self- portraits, I am the swimmer in the paintings. Nor do I consider myself an athlete; this is a spiritual practice that is integral to my work. As reviewer Marcia Morris of the Honolulu Advertiser wrote, “The body floats and the mid drifts.” My swimmers’ patrol the water’s edge and the ocean’s floor, finding stuff to recycle as art. The swimmers are my navigation tool: they have lead me to explore fishing nets and knots, abstract fish patterns, surfers and stand up paddlers … flotsam and jetsam and their ecological impact. Presently I am fixated on just water itself—always present yet moving, and changing; first it’s a mirror and then a window. I am a wet reporter bringing back news from the ocean both timeless and timely. What is unique about my art and my swimmers in particular is their strong sense of self and place.