Somewhere Out There, Buzzing Under the Bridge and The Lady Vanishes are part of Linda Benenati's homage to the French "caché" which translates to "hidden" in English and the concept is also about mystery. Fog obscures the stories of different women, set in iconic locations in one of the artist's favorite cities — San Francisco. The theme of the French-based word Caché is in homage to Paris, Linda's other favorite city. And, stylistically they are a nod to the past of the 30’s - 40’s. We love how it telegraphs a super natural narrative.
From the artist: "Somewhere Out There depicts a woman under the Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point (another famous film location featured in Hitchcock’s VERTIGO) with a blimp hovering above. Blimps can symbolize adventure, creativity and courage during incredible feats. The woman’s stance might suggest she is powerful and ready to take on whatever she is escaping that is obscured by the fog. Whether she is waiting for the blimp or perhaps has just disembarked is yet another story or mystery I would like each viewer to relate to and answer themselves." ~ Linda Benenati
Linda has ventured into wonderland for her delightful encaustic paintings. This ancient technique, dating back to the Greeks, uses heat throughout the process, from melting the beeswax mixture to fusing each layer of wax. Linda's encaustic medium consists of natural bees wax and dammar resin (crystallized tree sap). She also uniquely incorporates collage elements, which add surprise and dimension.
The idea behind the Caché series is the concept of the hidden and also the idea of mystery. From the artist: "I am using fog to obscure the stories of different women. These stories are set in iconic locations in one of my favorite cities — San Francisco. I am also using the French-based word Caché since Paris is my other favorite city. And, stylistically they are a nod to the past of the 30’s - 40’s. Many of the questions the series provokes must ultimately be answered by each viewer and their own stories and past which add to one’s individual interpretation. In my mind, I see each woman as escaping some difficult situation in her life. It could be a number of things and hopefully each viewer will relate to her and think of the things they have or would like to escape from. Ultimately these tales of escape are tales of power."
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