ARTIST OF THE MONTH: LAURA BENETTON

September’s Artist of The Month is London based Italian artist, Laura Benetton. Laura studied painting in Venice at the Academy of Fine Art and sculpture at TAM Art Metal-Working School in Pietrarubbia (Pesaro-Urbino), Italy, supervised by sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro.

She has worked between Venice, Istanbul, Pesaro, Florence and London, including posts as Arnaldo Pomodoro’s artist in residence in 2008, performer for Alicia Framis (50 Venice Biennale), Yona Freedman’s assistant (51 Venice Biennale), Olafur Eliasson’s student (51 Biennale Venice) and Luca Buvoli’s Assistant (53 venice Biennale).

Laura has exhibited her work across the world including: AAF New York, AAF Battersea, The Houses of Parliament, Gallery Claire Corsia, Paris, A+A Gallery, Venice; Art065 Gallery and Pesaro, GalerjaMazchek, Croatia;

We sat down with Laura to find out more about her work. Read the interview in full below. Laura will also be taking over our Instagram from 27th September – 1st October. Follow us on ARTIQgram for an exclusive behind the scenes of her work, process and inspiration.

What artists have influenced your practice?
Many artists have played a big role on my development as an artist, especially Gerard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Emilio Vedova, Kandinsky, Klee and Dali. Having studied the artists and their artworks and having seen their works for real in the museum has affected my work in many ways and helped inform my research as an artist.

What’s the last exhibition you saw that made an impact on you?
Last year in Milan, Italy, I went to see the exhibition of Anselm Kiefer and it was extraordinary. Having the chance to see ‘The Seven Heavenly Palaces’ was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. The work is a masterpiece. It explores different themes such as the relationship between nature and man, including contextualising the great architectural constructions of the past as an attempt by man to ascend to the divine. The installation was a supreme work of art that leaves you standing and overwhelmed from its energy.

What is the one thing you cannot live without?
My daughter and my art

What art do you, or would you, collect?
At the moment, my collection consists of a few works by my artist friends, with the majority of these works being made by street artists. My dream collection would be a mix of painting and photography, ranging from Jose Parla to Olafur Eliasson and from Jean Michelle Basquiat to Vanessa Beecroft’s photography. I think I am going to have to work very hard to afford this collection!

Take us through the lifespan of creating a work of art.
I start my journey in my studio in Wimbledon. After I get changed and put the kettle on, I check my inbox and then start to work. Usually I start preparing the colours, brushes and order my research materials, placing my pictures of butterfly specimens, and my sketchbook near me. I then prepare my large canvas and I start to paint.

The interesting thing is that I’ll follow the guidelines of my abstract sketch for just a few minutes and then I’ll start to create. I never know what will happen during the creative process, which is the part that I am most interested in rather than the outcome. It s important that I keep my sketch close to me so I can continually change details during the process. Each painting can take from a week to a maximum of two weeks time. It is the dialogue between me and my work that makes the final result.