Nevena Bentz’s work focuses on the complex relationships between people and their surroundings. Her pieces highlight the interconnectedness of all forms of life on the planet. The human and the natural are contrasted, but fuse and reinforce the idea of their oneness. The feminine subjects highlight the nurturing and healing attributes of women and Nature, their resilience and ability for renewal.
Nevena creates paintings with a sculptural quality, where Nature’s landscape is built through the layering and collaging of a variety of natural materials, creating complex organic patterns and textures. The collaging of Nature’s various components alternates connection and disconnection, creating surprising boundaries and unlikely relationships of fragmented organic matter. Fine sand and mica are reminiscent of the stars and offer the means to place our earthly experience within the universal, challenging our limited human perception. As David McCord said, “A handful of sand is an anthology of the universe.” Read more