Gretchen Bennett Hides Images In A Flurry Of Prismacolor.

These images by Gretchen Bennett, now on display at the Howard House in Seattle through the end of the month, definitely demand a double-take. For starters, ghosts of images are buried deep inside what initially looks like just a swamp of colors, but closer inspection reveals that the swamp is actually composed of Prismacolor colored pencils, making the images all the much more compelling. Colored pencils are already an underplayed medium these days, but to use them in such a manner is pretty much astounding.


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Bennett also has more installation and street art-oriented works, which you can see on her website.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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