|Secret Future Work #2
steel, copper, plaster, & paper, in 3 parts, 61 ½ x 11 x 11inches
|Spirit of Hope, open in the year 2013,
mixed media, 17 x 10 ½ x 9½ inches
|Bosnian Secret Future Work
mixed media, , 9 1/4 x 6 ½ x 7 inches
|Lest We Forget Secret Future Work (on Iraq War I)
steel, copper, mixed media, 59 ½ x 25 ½ x 3 ½ inches
|USA Secret Future Work
mixed media, 18 1/8 x 17 7/8 x 2 ½ inches.
|Tanzania Secret Future Work
mixed media, 8 ½ x 8 x 8 ½ inches"
Suzanne Benton began creating Secret Future locked
mixed media art works in 1989. Their rich and complex
surfaces are remarkable unopened, yet because the locked
portions remain so until a specified date, one gains an
opportunity to contemplate what the future might hold.
Benton reveals many intentions with this series based on a
concept new to art. These works rely on and enclose the
future. By requiring us to wait until a certain date to
discover the insides, they confront the surge for instant
gratification our culture goads us to indulge. Benton's
Secret Future Work demands a holding back of our
impatience for immediate satisfaction, offering instead, the
promise of a future regardless of always uncertain times.
By offering an opportunity not only for the contemplation
of their striking exteriors but also for the patient and
impatient consideration of what remains hidden, these
sculptures heighten our appreciation of mystery. They
require us to trust, hope, gestate, and honor what remains
concealed to be one day be revealed.
Benton has traveled the world for over 30 years, engaging
in diverse cultures and bringing their rich heritage into her
art. She introduces a patron’s cultural matrix in the
individually tailored Secret Future Works. Their, the
collectors; histories infuse the work with memorabilia and
conversation. These later opened ceremonially at an
auspicious time. The artist's wall and standing secret
works comment on the world we inhabit and upon our
shared humanity. Oftentimes, people are invited to put
their secret messages in the inner spaces, as in the works
created during residencies in Spain, Ireland, England,
India, Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, the USA and Bosnia.
|Bangladesh Secret Future Work mixed media, 10 3/8 x 11 x 3 inches
|Indian Secret Future Work
mixed media, 11 ½ x 6 ½ x 8 inches
|Spanish Secret Future Work
mixed media, 9 ½ x 5 ½ x 6 in.
|Secret Treasure Box
wood, copper and mixed, 17¼ x 9½ x9 ½ inches
Landscape Secret Future Work, Open in the Year 2011
Partially opened on the left Fully opened on the right, mixed media @ 5 ¼ x12 x 5 inches
|Lest We Forget Secret Future Work, detail of opening
steel, copper, mixed media,