The Shepherd’s Daughter | DSLR | 2012
Artist Statement: My work has always been deeply rooted in my family history. After the death of my mother in 1997, I became increasingly curious about notions of family, memory, and mortality. Growing up with my father, amidst the hunting culture of northern Michigan, I learned to see the ritual of hunting as a way for humans to connect with and conquer untamed nature; a ritual that speaks to notions of mortality and the interconnectedness of life within a larger system. Through photography, video, sculpture, and writing, my research combines elements of science, mythology, and personal history.
Clare Benson is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in the Los Angeles area. She holds an MFA from the University of Arizona and a BFA from Central Michigan University. Her work has been exhibited and screened throughout the U.S. and internationally, including: the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado; the University Library in Bratislava, Slovakia; and TotalKunst Gallery in Edinburgh. In 2012, Benson received a Creative Achievement Award from the University of Arizona, and was recently awarded the 2015 Joyce Elaine Grant Solo Show Award. Her portfolio can be found at: clarebenson.com.