Lara Sophie Benjamin is a painter who works primarily in oil paints. The artist draws subject matter from her everyday surroundings and finds a significant resonance in ordinary sights and spaces. She is interested in their experiential nature, subjective and selective readings and the light and the forms created within them.
Windows and doorways are of particular interest, with their liminal associations. They are transitional places, where time and action are suspended, where both the outside and inside are present.
Benjamin sees the creative process as an intimate reaction to the surrounding world based on one’s apperceptions. For her the outer world and the inner world come together on the canvas through her connection to her materials and the activity of painting. Familiar shapes lose their meaning and become part of a modified actuality.
Benjamin works intuitively and painting for her is an unending process of exploration and discovery based on formal and aesthetic qualities and on the versatility of paint.
Painting is a constant balancing act; a continual push and pull of opposing forces taking place on the canvas: The painter is constructing an image, but deconstructing it at the same time. Ideally, an image must hold together, while at the same time fall apart. Ambiguity in what one is looking at is always engaging – revealing information versus a lack of it. And during the process of making, the act of painting, the artist exists somewhere between control and loss of control – the dichotomy between knowing and not knowing.
BIOGRAPHY & EDUCATION
Lara Sophie Benjamin is a Cypriot artist born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1987, where she is currently based.
MA Arts Practice, certification from University of East Anglia and University of Essex, completed at University Campus Suffolk, UK, 2013 – 2015
Associate Fellowship in Fine Art, Cyprus College of Art, Cyprus, 2009 – 2012
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, UK, 2008-2009
Her work has been exhibited in Cyprus, the UK and France, and is part of many private and public collections, including the National Collection of Cyprus and that of the Central Bank of Cyprus.