Gala Bent

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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, then received her MFA in visual art at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in 1999. Soon after, she was married to fellow artist, Zack Bent. In the summer of 2006, Gala and Zack moved to Seattle, Washington, where they live with their three sons. The Bents also collaborate on art and design projects in various media and venues. Gala currently teaches at Cornish College of the Arts, and is represented in Seattle by G. Gibson Projects.


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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