About Benjamin West
1974 in United Kingdom
Lives and Works:
London, United Kingdom
Post Graduate Diploma in Photography, University College Falmouth, Falmouth, United Kingdom, 2003
Ba (Hons) Graphic & Media Design, London College of Communication, London, United Kingdom, 1996
About the artist
Benjamin West is a multi-disciplinary artist using nature as his main inspiration. His practice examines our ever-changing relationship with nature, and investigates the consequences of human activity upon our surroundings.
His works are created by compiling a variety of resources, which are fragmented, lost, or unwanted. Following the principles of natural observational science, he passionately collects old books, photographs, pressed flowers and plants.
Discarded botanical and mechanical forms are combined with natural artefacts to examine the human impact upon the natural environment. Genetic modification, pollution, and urbanisation define his work.
Creating pieces which are cut and arranged by hand is integral to his practice. He employs digital techniques only for archiving and reproduction. Whilst his work possesses a playfulness, this belies West’s intention to communicate a serious environmental and political statement.
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