Marcia Bennett-Male

Marcia is new to on form this year. Her work explores the culinary world, often simplifying or distorting the form, line, textures and colours of the familiar foodstuffs she depicts. Using scrap and recycling stone from buildings sites, skips and old carvings, she often keeps elements of original moulding, adding another layer of history to her work. Marcia executes her carvings unapologetically small, and puts them on pedestals, elevating their status and displaying them like precious objects. Having long been interested in the history and the depiction of food on an aesthetic level, she has started to research the anthropological side to the subject.

After studying art at Wolverhampton Polytechnic, Marcia went on to train as an architectural stone carver and letter cutter at the City and Guilds of London Art School before being granted a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship to train as a stone mason at the Building Craft College. Her sculptures can be viewed in locations around the UK, including the Dulwich Picture Gallery, and she has exhibited in New York and Mexico City. She has also taught stone carving for many years, working with institutions such as the British Museum, the Royal Academy and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. She works at Thames-Side Studios in London.

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