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.
Spring 2018 Courses
- FURN-2451-01 Witness Tree Project
- Benjamin Watkins
- MFA, Rhode Island School of Design
Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History of Art + Visual Culture History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles