The paintings in Will Bennett’s exhibition Polyester Soldiers Stitch Witches feature alien-like neon green figures in strange, foreign, and almost religious settings. They might appear as something from a parallel universe, or at least a science-fiction movie. But the truth of their origin is not in another galaxy.
Uneasy, and at times awkward, the paintings battle with authenticity, history and re-enacting moments from the past. Bennett’s practice explores notions of the New Zealand Gothic, historical photography, memory and place.