Emma Bennett, The Baclamed, 2013, oil on oak panel, 25 x 20 cm

Emma Bennett is a London based artist whose contemplative paintings are contemporary manifestations of the classical idea of the memento mori. Within her work, the artist makes pictorial references to 17th and 18th century still-life painting and to 20th century abstraction. She employs both figurative and expressive techniques set within and against monochromatic fields and she engages with notions of time, transience, the value of life, and death. Within her most recent paintings, Bennett combines appropriated still life elements with beds and landscapes. This is a significantly personal series in which the artist is exploring the fleeting nature of experience and encounters, and the incomplete, fragmented nature of memory.