Polly Bennett (b. 1996) graduated from City & Guilds of London Art School in 2018 and in 2019 completed The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers Decorative Surfaces Fellowship. Subsequently, she is an Honorary Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers, and also a member of the Wilderness Art Collective, a group of creatives whose work discusses the natural world.
Polly is a landscape artist “portraying the land, with the land” through traditional craftsmanship, using locally sourced materials in a process likened to alchemy. Combining a museological approach to materials with immediate observational responses, she collaborates with, and investigates the surrounding rural environment to re-visualise an experience of her own, and create one for the viewer. The concluding work recollects the explored environment as a memorialised snapshot, producing abstract and deconstructed results.
Honouring our world, Polly is slowly cutting out all synthetic pigments from her work - decreasing her involvement in the carbon footprint of paint manufacturing - by sourcing all her own natural pigments.