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…Show more 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.Show less
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