Fantastic Realism. Paintings + Plants
Annie Kyla Bennett is a painter and mixed media artist whose work is influenced by surrealism, visionary and fantastic realism, as well as philosophy, botany and ethics, with a concentration on exploring and expressing the unique potency and character of medicinal plants of all kinds. Her current focus in the studio is on remediation, developing a body of artwork exploring methods to help heal and rebalance humanity’s relationship with the Earth. Annie’s studio is part art-making space and part laboratory - with her background in chemistry and obsession with plants, she is experimenting with botanical ink making and other natural art materials.
A resident of Asheville, NC, Annie recently co-founded Art Garden AVL, a multipurpose maker-space, gallery and garden in the River Arts District, dedicated to supporting the growth of emerging Asheville area artists, activists, and creative community. She shares a studio at Art Garden with Medicine Heart Murals, a collective working to highlight environmental urgency through large-scale collaborative public art, of which she is an original member. Annie also founded Spectrum Geometry, an ethically and environmentally sustainable art apparel company, in Asheville in 2007. She is a contributing artist for multiple community-action non-profits, and a resident muralist and live artist at several national art and music festivals.
Annie grew up in rural Alaska, loves honeybees, and collects glass bottles, seeds, and antique art tools. Her favorite authors (because she believes “favorite author” is a preference most revealing of character) include: Tom Robbins, Daniel Quinn, Naomi Klein, and Michael Pollan.