Paper artist and collector, Jaime Bennati examines a humans’ relationship with material consumption. By collecting and gathering materials that are often overlooked, she makes the viewer question our relationship to things we keep and discard daily. She creates meticulous, obsessive relief sculptures and installations that reference forms in nature. A large part of her work is based on processes and has begun to work on community-based projects since becoming a teaching artist in 2009.
In 2008 she graduated from The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with her B.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Sculpture specializing in Installation, Sculpture, and Graphic Design. Following her graduation she began showing her work locally as well as internationally. She lived abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2009-2010 traveling, learning Portuguese and spending time with her Brazilian relatives. In 2011 she returned to Mica to graduate with a Masters of Arts in Teaching. She was an Artist in Residence with the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio from 2013-14. She currently teaches at The Wellington School as an Upper School Visual Arts Teacher located in Upper Arlington, Ohio. She has exhibited in Baltimore, Maryland, Columbus, Ohio, Brooklyn, New York, Richmond, Virginia, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She resides in Columbus and was born and raised in Westerville, Ohio.