Umbilicus is a creative response to motherhood and the transformative nature of the female body. The spherical form that appears in my work references the womb, the first dark hollow we inhabit. The uterus can resist or allow potential candidates for occupancy. Once occupied, the long wait ensues, and then - the inevitable surrender. The cord will be cut, but the tether remains. There is a sense of biology in my work, where organic forms meet graphic elements. These elements allude to the pull from the outside world - the man-made world, where straight lines come from. Some images in the exhibition began as lumen prints, born in the sun. I enjoy the playfulness of objects on a wide array of papers and the reference to historic photographic methods. I shoot film and experiment quite a bit with alternative processes. I like when outcomes cannot be predicted, and control is relinquished to the light.
BIO: Laura Bennett
Laura Bennett earned B.A. degrees in Journalism and Studio Art from Humboldt State University in California. Her MFA in Photography/Digital Media is from the University of Houston. As a former college educator, Bennett has taught all levels of photography, photojournalism and photo history. She has an extensive exhibition record and has received numerous awards. Umbilicus won the Center for Fine Art Photography Portfolio Showcase award in 2018, resulting in a solo exhibition at the Carnegie Creative Community Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her work can be seen online at Rfotofolio and Strange Fire Collective. She has been published in View Camera, SHOTS, The Hand, Woven Tale Press and The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes by Christopher James. Bennett’s cameras are an old Korona Gundlach 8 x 10 and a Hasselblad 500C. In addition to traditional gelatin silver and alternative processes, Bennett enjoys scanning antique glass negatives, film, objects and ephemera for transformation in the computer and for creating digital negatives.