“All About You” to Benefit Act4Me
Miami Artist Benedicte Blanc-Fontenille Invites Viewers to Examine Life’s Precious Moments and Help Miami’s Precious Special Needs Children
Bénédicte Blanc-Fontenille is a French artist, a 1985 graduate of L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, living and working in Miami since 2001. Throughout her nearly 30-year career as a visual artist, she has been inspired by one simple yet profound observation: That humanity—in fact, life itself—is extremely fragile, and yet, it is our knowledge of this fact that causes us to constantly move, building up and tearing down, rising and falling, rejoicing and grieving … then doing it all over again.
To Bénédicte, this constant movement represents a succession of moments, and as the French philosopher, Gaston Bachelard, wrote: “Time has only one reality, that of the moment.” And yet, adds Bénédicte, “In every present moment there lurks a suggestion of renewal, a projection of a future moment, or the promise of more movement.”
Bénédicte’s objective as an artist is to capture these “moments” in paintings, sculptures or photographs, and to invite her viewers to stop, look and contemplate not only the fragility of life but the implication of movement in life. Her preferred media of wax, ink, pigments, coffee, rust, paper, plaster, wire and water—especially water—are the stuff of life itself, representing construction and destruction, strength and frailty, energy and fatigue, cherished ritual and the gradual deterioration of cultural traditions and icons, all through the passage of time.
While much of Bénédicte’s work is fun and playful, it also serves as a reminder of the fragility of life and our brief time on Earth. Her work is all about movement, energy, balance and capturing fleeting moments. Bénédicte’s art is all about life. Her art is all about you.
“All About You” will be on exhibit through April 30, 2015. Bénédicte will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her artwork to Act4Me.
Act4Me is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization established in Miami-Dade County, Florida, helping local children with neurological disorders and developmental delay get the therapy they need. Families with special needs children can seek assistance from Act4Me by applying for a grant that will pay a portion of or supplement the child’s current health care insurance (the grant will be paid directly to the child’s provider) or apply for a grant for therapy supplies to support home therapy needs.