Ben Wells

What’s your favourite landscape and why? (January 2014) | Ben Wells

These collages combine visual representations of answers to the question: ‘What’s your favourite landscape and why?’. The resulting collages contrast and combine what aspect of landscapes people are drawn to.

Unconscious Self-Portrait (November 2013) | Ben Wells

When conscious one is aware of judgement, this made me question whether creating a self-portrait whilst conscious could ever, due to self-censorship, be accurate. By attaching pieces of charcoal to my body and sleeping on a sheet of paper I created marks which were not filtered by conscious thought, therefore arguably creating a more accurate self-portrait. (Clips from Drawing Performance)

The Impossibility of a Self-Portrait (September 2013) | Ben Wells

It would be impossible for me to represent everything that contributes to my identity as everything I’ve thought and experienced hasn’t been documented. Even if it was, it would be impossible to fit it all in the space of a jar. Furthermore any information I could put in the jar would be filtered, possibly unconsciously through fear of judgement. Because my jar is empty there is nothing that can be generalised from my self-portrait and no part of it is weighted in a way that doesn’t accurately reflect my identity.

Untitled (September 2013) | Ben Wells

Using the same 4 teabags I repetitively made cups of tea. I left the tea bags to brew for the same time with each batch of tea I made. I aimed to explore daily routine and how it can drain you both physically and mentally. The more cups of tea I made the weaker the resulting tea was, representative of how our energy levels deplete with age and daily repetitive routines. (Link to Video)

Organised Bins - Kitchen | Ben Wells 

This photo series show how the waste in bins reflects the room they are in and their user.

Organised Bins - Bathroom | Ben Wells 

This photo series show how the waste in bins reflects the room they are in and their user.

Organised Bins - Bedroom | Ben Wells 

This photo series show how the waste in bins reflects the room they are in and their user.

You’ve Made Your Waste, Now Lie In It | Ben Wells

Based on the phrase ‘You’ve made your bed, now lie in it’, this photo highlights the repulsive nature of our waste. I wanted the photo to highlight our attitude towards waste; we are repulsed by it yet we move the waste we create elsewhere, not taking responsibility for it.

Natural Averages & Anomalies - Identical Twins, Nails | Ben Wells

“I got very intrigued by this idea of literally having the same person replicated. Often times people treat twins as one unit as if it’s literally the same person just in two different bodies.” - Martin Schoeller 

The nail clippings are indistinguishable on both a normal and microscopic level. However, the nail clippings are from both me and my identical twin. Because it is impossible to distinguish between the nails, the clippings are treated as if they are one unit, similar to how people often treat twins.

Natural Averages & Anomalies - Identical Twins, Facial Features 4 | Ben Wells

In the bottom two photos I swapped over our facial features, I find it interesting how the resulting faces look like neither of us.