Christine Benjamin, Robot Lady Doesn’t Fit
I am very happy to include Christine Benjamin in THE MODERN CHIMERA at Sweetart Drawing Gallery this August. Her work is very bright, fun and unexpectedly soft (how do you make a robot soft?) I visited her San Jose studio a couple of weeks ago and encountered a wonder land of pop-culture and a refreshing voice in Bay Area art. -Obi
Obi: Can you describe your inspiration?
Christine: Old Sci Fi and monster movies: The Day The Earth Stood Still, Dracula (Bela Lugosi), Frankenstein (Boris Karloff), etc.Twilight Zone original TV series, Outer Limits original TV series – the odd stories, twisted tales, creatures.The oddities and quirks of the human psyche. 50’s style robots and laser guns.Cartoons from the 60’s – Underdog, Scoobie-Doo, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Fractured Fairy Tales.Comics: Bone by Jeff Smith, Love and Rockets by Gilbert and Jaime HernandezTime travel, space travel, ghosts, bats, psychic phenomenon.