Research Artist and PhD candidate
Alison Bennett is a visual artist investigating the theme of 'negotiated inhabitation'.
Bennett holds a BA (visual arts) majoring in photography from the UNSW College of Fine Arts and a research Master of Fine Arts from Monash University. She is currently undertaking a PhD creative practice research project on the topic of the shifting surface in digital photography at Deakin University.
Solo exhibitions include 'Cavity', supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria, which toured to a number of regional galleries 2009-2010 and was discussed by Robert Nelson in The Age 22 July 2009; the 'to occupy' series exhibited at the Vivid National Photography Festival in Canberra August 2008, featured in the November 2008 issue of Indesign magazine and reviewed in issue 2.2 of Un magazine; 'Verticalism: gothic ceilings' reviewed in issue#24 of Artichoke magazine; 'In Ruins' exhibited at Platform2 featured on the cover of Arena magazine #78 and ANTIthesis journal #17; 'Woolsheds and Shearers' Quarters' reviewed by Philip Drew in Indesign #24; and 'Inside Hill End' reviewed by Charles Rice in Architecture Australia July 2004. Robert Nelson, reviewing 'Making Hay' in The Age 15 Nov 2006, compared her work to that of Walker Evans. She curated the group exhibition 'Frames of Reference' for Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 2005 and has works in the collections of the National Museum of Australia, the Historic Houses Trust of NSW and the City of Geelong.
In addition to her visual arts practice, Alison teaches photography at Deakin University. She worked as a scene photographer documenting the Melbourne queer performance and party scene for several years and her editorial and fashion photography has been published in magazines such as Treadlie and Cherrie magazine.