Benton is an original. While influenced by the tradition of the artist as one who seeks to illuminate cultural transformation and link present and past, she forges a contemporary path. Her work puts women’s agency, desires, and values at center stage. Like Baskin and Kollwitz, she engages serious social issues with integrity and without cynicism. Like Klimt and Redon, she pursues a singular vision without respect to the conventions of the day. Benton is a feminist whose art aims to deepen the viewer’s connection to human experience. She reclaims the ancient role of the artist as healer, so important for our troubled culture. A vibrant woman of courage and passion, she brings to her work a mature sensibility uncommon in our time.
Elinor Gadon, PhD
From Paintings in Proust:
Artworks by Suzanne Benton
Our Fabulous Feminists
Veteran Feminists of America, Inc.
eBook produced February 29, 2016
Myths, Masks, Legends & Lifestory
Compact Disc, $20.00
Suzanne Benton is a native New Yorker who has shared her many-faceted art as a sculptor, mask performance artist, printmaker, painter, and workshop leader for 30+ years in 31 countries.
She's been represented in over one hundred fifty solo shows and two retrospectives. Her work is represented in museums, and private collections worldwide.
Face & Figure:
Selected Works, 1955-2005
"The Queens College Art Center is pleased to present Suzanne Benton, Face and Figure: Selected Works 1955–2005. The exhibition marks the welcome return of this alumna (Suzanne Elkins, BA 1956), who received art training here from such outstanding faculty as painter John Ferren, watercolorist Barse Miller, printmaker Louis Hechenbleikner, sculptor Peter Lipman-Wulf, and art historian Robert Goldwater, who introduced her to the power of ancient and indigenous art."
Director, Queens College Art Center
Journey Letters of a Traveling Artist
Four Blackbirds Press, 2001
Spirit of Hope: Selected Works
from 1963 to 2003
The Art of Welded Sculpture
Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1975
Suzanne Benton's artistic oeuvre is rich with original recastings of mythic, biblical, literary, and art historical sources, as well as oral tales and multicultural images she has gathered on working journeys. These journeys have taken her throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. In her fifty years of art-making, she has excelled in multiple media, often working simultaneously as a sculptor, painter, printmaker, storyteller, performance artist, and poet.
Gloria Orenstein, PhD