Ben Watkins earned an MFA from RISD and a BFA from Murray State University in Kentucky. As an artist, he is fascinated by the fluidity and possibility of one thing becoming another. He thinks of a line as a timeline, one that affects space and surface: it divides, defines, separates and travels through a surface. In his recent plexiglass and wood pieces, incised lines move from edge to edge. The etched glass lends a physical presence to lines that may otherwise be only implicated. It is in the intersections of these lines that unique spaces are created that carve a balance between confined boundaries and stretching growth.
Watkins’ hydrocal plaster works were shown in a solo exhibition at Providence’s AS220 Project Space in 2013. Exploration of texture, pattern and the phenomena of light and shadow are key elements in these seductive impressions.
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