Traces of Time

In 'Traces of Time', Claire Benn tells a visual story about her experiences in New Mexico (USA), its extraordinary landscape, beautiful light and vast horizons.  For Claire, Georgia O'Keefe best sums up how she feels in New Mexico: "... as soon as I saw it, I knew it was my country.  It fitted me perfectly".

The pieces are inspired by the huge horizons offered by the landscape and the mesas, the Adobe architecture and the history of the region.  All of the work is abstract, elegant and reductive and uses raw earth pigments bound in acrylic medium, as this media enabled Claire to literally be connected to the earth.

‘Blue Highway’ refers to the road access to the pueblos.  In ‘Nothing Left to Burn’ the artist reflects on the use of wood-burning stoves in a desert area where there appears to be very little available wood. Two pieces ‘They Poisoned the Well’ and ‘We Cannot Drink’ refer to the story of the Acoma Pueblo where the First Nations community well was poisoned by conquerors. 
 

 
ToT Adobe, Lintel & Ladder 2mx2m, SOLD.jpg

'Adobe, Lintel and Ladder', 2015, cotton canvas, raw earth pigment, acrylic medium, cotton thread, 212cm x 198cm, SOLD
 

 
TOT Rain on the Mesa 211 x 198 without distortion.jpg

'Rain on the Mesa', 2015, cotton canvas, raw earth pigments, acrylic medium, 211cm x 198cm, £1,800

 
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'Watering Hole II', 2015, cotton canvas, raw earth pigments, acrylic medium, cotton thread, 150cm x 95cm, SOLD

 
6326 TOT Adobe 150 x 95.jpg

'Adobe', 2015, cotton canvas, raw earth pigments, acrylic medium, 150cm x 95cm, £850

 
6303 TOT Acoma Fence 94 x 150.jpg

'Acoma Fence', 94cm x 150cm, cotton canvas, raw earth pigments, acrylic medium, cotton thread, 94cm x 150cm, £675

 
ToT Blue Highway, 89 x 208, ENQUIRE.jpg

'Blue Highway', 2016, cotton canvas, raw earth pigments, acrylic medium, linen thread, 89cm x 208cm, USA Tour 2017-2023,£800.00

 
ToT Scattered, 89 x 210, ENQUIRE.jpg

'Scattered', 2016, cotton canvas, raw earth pigments, acrylic medium, 89cm x 210cm
USA Tour 2017-2023, £800

Watering Hole.jpg

'Watering Hole', 2015, cotton canvas, raw earth pigments, acrylic medium, cotton thread, 193cm x 181cm, USA tour 2017-2023, £1,800

 
ToT They Poisoned the Well, 89 x 208, ENQUIRE.jpg

'They Poisoned the Well', cotton canvas, raw earth pigments, acrylic medium, 89cm x 208cm
USA Tour 2017-2023, £800

 

ToT We Cannot Drink, 89 x 208, ENQUIRE.jpg

'We Cannot Drink', cotton canvas, raw earth pigments, acrylic medium, 89cm x 208cm
USA Tour 2017-2023, £800

 
ToT, Hide, 106x100, SOLD.jpg

'Hide', 2015, cotton canvas, raw earth pigments, acrylic medium, cotton thread, 106cm x 100cm, gifted

ToT Nothing left to Burn 89 x 213, ENQUIRE (1).jpg

'Nothing Left to Burn', cotton canvas, raw earth pigments, acrylic medium, cotton thread, 89cm x 213cm, USA Tour 2017-2023, 800

 
ToT 170 Degrees West, 150 x 190, SOLD.jpg

'170° West: The Place That Always Was' (Diptych), 2015, cotton canvas, raw earth pigments, acrylic medium, linen thread, two pieces at 150cm wide by 95cm tall, SOLD


claire benn

New Mexico is an extraordinary place; huge vistas, an enormous sky and beautiful light. A place for solitude. A place for quiet contemplation. In particular, the Acoma Pueblo drew me in through its landscape, history, culture and adobe structures.