Gala Bent

Gala Bent Portrait
2009

Gala Bent was born in Michigan, amidst many lakes and to parents who encouraged outdoor exploration and creative inquiry. A large volume of the History of Painting and crucially-timed art teachers helped to form her desire to become an artist. Gala studied painting and received a BFA at Ball State University in Muncie Indiana, and then went on to get her MFA in visual art at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, concluding her formal education in 1999. Soon after, she was married to fellow artist, Zack Bent. Since graduate school, she has been exhibiting consistently and teaching at the university level. In the summer of 2006, Gala moved with her husband to Seattle, Washington, where she lives with their three children. Gala and Zack also collaborate on art and design projects in various media and venues.

Eavesdropper

Eavesdropper, 2009

In collaboration with Zack Bent

Mixed Media

The colloquial word eavesdropper conjures up a great picture of a neighbor or family member so curious about your business that they would hang from the very eaves of your house, straining to hear the conversation inside. Madison Park Tully’s, the site for our installation, is a cauldron of social activity. It is nearly impossible NOT to eavesdrop on nearby conversations. Zack and Gala Bent have played up this element of the neighborhood coffee shop by creating outposts where the imagined collective conversation of the space can be gathered, funneled and filtered into the actual eaves of the building.

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