April 4th, 2001.
The presentation of the Anne Marie Telmanyi award
” The light in the room makes moods visible, the sculptures make both darkness and shadows visible, they place them permanently in the room. On a black sculpture light becomes visible from reflections in the surface, on a white sculpture one can see shadows. In darkness memory is subtle, in light it exists as a fact or an occurrence. The sculpture is where the two meet; during modelling the thought takes shape”
In this way Eli Benveniste has among other things described the work with her sculptures, which today are a strong and original testament to the survival of the classical sculpture through the inherent power of shape. The sculptures appear intense and almost magnetic in the way they affect space; the both repel and attract the senses. A black sculpture in a room may for instance extend the experience of ”blackness”, so the black shape appears pulsating or exceedingly soft despite the hard material it was created from
There are sculptures that in effect breathe between light and darkness and open up- behind the sculptures- the space where shape is created, and – as it is the case with Eli Benveniste’s sculptures, at the same time still can be felt as a direct fresh impression of the mind.