Apple Blossom (Chestnut Street) , 2018
"This piece is one in a long-running series of botanical watercolors based on plant cuttings taken from the environs of my West Oakland studio—chain-link fences, median strips, parking lots. As a genre historically denigrated as women's work, these precisely observed renderings examine and elevate nature and art on the margins."
Kim Bennett's work operates within a reimagined art history—as if women’s work had always been considered important and need not be revised. This fictive history provides a jumping-off point for her painting and textile-based practice in which she explores two genres associated with women's creative production: botanical watercolors and embroidery.
Bennett has exhibited at Stephen Wirtz Gallery and Pied-à-terre in San Francisco, as well as Interface Gallery in Oakland and Conduit Gallery in Dallas. She is the recipient of a Creative Time commission and a Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship and holds a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from California College of the Arts, where she is an adjunct professor.