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Emily Bennett

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Terre Haute, IN , U.S.A.
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Phone: 8122396841
URL: http://emilybennettsculpture.com

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 2014 Artist's Statement  I have strong convictions and beliefs, and the goal for my work is to speak to a wide
range of people in all different walks of life, and to spark conversations about religion and spirituality. There is something
powerful about being aware that you are a created being, creating artwork with a gift given to you by your Creator.
Therefore each of my sculptures has a connection with a verse of scripture, or my journey as a believer; and aims to
exemplify that in a dynamic and visually stimulating way.

 

It says in Psalm 139:13 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.” As I knitted and
braided together my piece The God Particle I was pondering this verse in relation to the recent scientific discovery of the
Higgs Boson Particle; a discovery that for some supposedly disproves God. Given the context of my work, I couldn’t help
but create something tangible to symbolize this “God Particle”. I wanted the form to be recognizable and the title to be
understandable to cause viewers to discuss their relative views about the possibilities of a Creator. For me, this piece is a
visual reminder that although scientific discoveries can be valid, some interpretations of those scientific discoveries may
not be valid. The Narrow Way is also inspired from a Bible verse, this time from Matthew 7:13-14; "Enter through the
narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.
For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” I wanted to create a piece that
exemplified this verse because it carries great value, not only for me as a Christian, but for all people trying to lead a good
life in a world of pain and struggle. This sculpture is set up to look as if you could easily walk through, but upon further
inspection you see that in order to do so you would have to turn sideways and walk very carefully or else it may topple
over. To walk the narrow road, or to take the higher path, is never as easy as the alternative. The beauty of it is though,
that the narrow way becomes easier over time and is the most rewarding path to walk.