With an ear to the history of painting and drawing, and its current place in culture, Gala Bent focuses her research upon the categorizations and organizational structures of the natural environment, especially as they relate to scientific quests for knowledge and resulting architectural and knowledge systems. The primary and flexible approach of drawing remains the centering structure to her many and diverse interests. Bent has recently worked on illustrations for a biochemistry text and a printmaking project based on the “Imaginary Astronomies” highlighted in Umberto Eco’s essay by that name. Recent bodies of studio work focus on the possibilities of multiple universes and the difficulties of comprehending prevalent contemporary theories of everything.
Gala Bent was born in Michigan in 1975. She studied painting and received a BFA at Ball State University in 1997 and an MFA in visual art at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in 1999. She currently teaches at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, where she lives with her three sons and husband, fellow artist Zack Bent. Her studio practice encompasses works on paper, animation and installed drawings with sculptural elements. Gala is represented by G.Gibson Gallery in Seattle, and has shown nationally and internationally. Her illustration work includes clients like Asthmatic Kitty Records, The Polyphonic Spree and Elsevier Publishers. Her work is in collections including the Jordan Schnitzer Print Collection and Microsoft Art Collection.