Diana Bennett and Ryan Van Der Hout

Apr 12, 2008 - May 11, 2008


Icons (2007) is a collaborative work between cross disciplinary artist Diana Bennett and photographer Ryan Van Der Hout.

Through resin tablets juxtaposed with photograms, the series explores a misguided and misogynistic past which mirrors the resurgence of neo-fundamentalism threatening individual freedoms throughout the Judeo-Christian and Muslim worlds.

The figures represented in Icons are drawn from the Bible, where female characters have often been marginalized and vilified in favor of their male counterparts. This series retells and interprets their stories in the context of a society moving backwards to the fundamentalist perspectives of more ancient times where antiquarian ideals of femininity and piousness, prevailed. The women of Icons are vulnerable; often they are wrapped, veiled, and hidden; yet their power is evident.

  • Kitchen Tools
  • Maggie
  • Holsteins
  • untitled
  • Blue Tulips
  • Blue Rose Shattered
  • Pink Bouquet
  • Blue Bouquet Shattered
  • Pink figure in the Darkness