Mel Bennett

My favorite part about working with steel and other found materials is the inevitable adventure.

A scrapyard is a place where things go to be forgotten, disposed of, and buried. It’s a potter’s field of items disregarded. At the start of their lives, these objects were tediously built, prepared, and completed.

In the studio, it’s my job to breathe life back into the lifeless. The ancestry behind the timeworn metals captivates me. I can only imagine the life it once lived, and the number of hands that have passed over each piece.

The subject matter of my work is based on my encounters where the presence of life is at its greatest. It’s my hope that viewers will experience the composition of lifelessness into living. I want to remind us to appreciate the splendor in the abandoned while being reminded still of the vivacity of life, old and new.

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