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 an environmental 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 her experience within it. The concluding work recollects the explored environment as a memorialised snapshot, producing abstract and process-led results.
Polly is a natural pigment collector and maker. In 2020 she founded her company POLBEN’s Pigment, where she celebrates and sells sustainable artist’s pigments and inks created from natural materials sourced by herself. She also holds workshops to share this knowledge.