A Whole New Language
Introducing the new Artfetch Artists
Amba Sayal–Bennett, Drawing Collage Mixed Media
Selected for the Saatchi New Sensations exhibition in 2012, and also for Tate Liverpool’s Alternative Turner Prize (aimed at encouraging young artists to make work inspired by the Turner’s own shortlist) in 2008, award–winning artist Amba Sayal–Bennett is definitely going places, and doing so on her own terms.
Born in 1991, educated at the prestigious Ruskin College of Art Oxford, and currently working on an MA at the Courtauld Institute in London, Sayal–Bennett makes work that carries its rather brilliant ideas lightly. But don’t be fooled into thinking these are overly intellectual works — quite the opposite: the artist’s deceptively simple pieces are puzzle–box works, exploring ways that we can make and arrive at meaning without words.
The reason this is so interesting is that we’ve all experienced that whoosh of feeling when looking at a particularly wonderful artwork, but often we find ourselves woefully short of words to express why we are feeling that way. As feelings come into language, they are changed by the words we have at our disposal. What Sayal–Bennett is doing is inventing an alternative language of pure image. They’re great fun too.
Why Artfetch says Amba Sayal–Bennett is one to watch: These are intriguing puzzles of pieces, artworks that definitely go beyond words, writing their own meanings. — Katie Tsouros, Artfetch CEO
What the artist says: I am interested in testing the logic of visual communication. How do we obtain meaning from visual experience…?
Amba Sayal–Bennett, Sorting Map, 2012
Amba Sayal–Bennett, After the Jump, 2012
Amba Sayal–Bennett, Fold, 2012
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