Portrait of Robert Bennett by Rose Adare
Oil on Belgian Linen
Copyright Rose Adare 2012
“My Grandma was definitely an inspiration to my art. She would always hang onto my drawings. Said she’d one day sell them for millions. She was a professional doll maker for over 30 years…and I’d be the kid running in to check how they’d paint the eyebrows on.”
Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Robert explores the surreal beauty of scarification, subdermal piercings, and flesh suspensions, all while learning to tattoo on his own body.
“I’d seen suspensions before and I thought it was super fascinating. Why would anybody hang on hooks from a tree? I asked to try it once, just to say that I’d done it. So we got set up, but I didn’t think it would happen. Weather change: rain, lightning, huge tree. Scared the crap out of me. The pain during the actual hooking procedure was the worst part as far as I was concerned, then your body kicks into high gear and you don’t really feel it anymore. But when they pulled me up to the actual tree? Rain, thunder, light show? It was one of the greatest experiences that I’d had at that point. I became addicted to it after a while. I’ve done a lot, but the last one I did was at my friend’s funeral. He used to do suspensions as well, and when he died we suspended off a tree in his backyard. Ever since then I haven’t been able to bring myself to do it. I don’t think it’s dead in my life. I just haven’t had the drive for it. I’d rather suspend other people and let them experience something new.”
— Robert Bennett