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"Barbara Benish's work addresses the dual relatinships and transformations between nature and culture, religion and reason and imagination.Since 1989 Benish has divide her time between Los Angeles and Prague, and her art reflects this mixing of cultures. One of Benish's primary interests is the fiels of anthropology and, particularly, the relationships between contemporary Western society and other cultures. She has studied the rituals, mythologies, and hisories of Native America and traditional Polynesia, as well as our own Catholic, Christian, and Jewish sub-cultures.Her woek explores art history, particularly Northern European Gothic art-as well as the dichotomies between art and craft, and the decorative and the domestic."
Rebecca McGrew, curator, Pomona College Museum of Art