We invite you to step inside Charlie Bennell’s strangely meditative spaces. Professionally trained at UNSW Art and Design in Sydney and Parsons School of Design in New York, Bennell’s work spans across screen-printing, digital illustration, and painting mediums. But her subjects tend to stay more or less the same, creating an aesthetic universe that’s both appealing and inviting.
With painting being her favorite medium, her artistic process varies depending on her mood. “Sometimes I start with a drawing in a notebook while I’m sitting in the park”, relayed Bennell in an interview with Ballpitmag, “sometimes I start digitally so that I can constantly rework, erase and change shapes or colors until I am happy with the final work.”
With an appreciation for architectural movements and how they relate to a spiritual aura, Bennell’s work explores ideas of light and shadow, color, solid and void, and how the space around us impacts our experiences. The end result, though fairly abstract, is always grounded in the space around her.
“Art helps me stay inspired and connected to the world and myself,” she explains. “It keeps me curious- always searching for inspiration. It also often acts as a meditation for me.”
According to Bennell her sources of inspiration vary, with music a big influence. “I also find a lot of inspiration through design, architecture, and nature,” she adds. Travel also helps shake any creative block—when traveling is permitted, that is.