Benjamin Ansell’s artistic practice investigates the binaries that exists within culture and nature. Driven by object-oriented philosophies and flattened ontologies, the artist challenges the predisposed object-subject duality through mediums such as photography and bio art.
Informed by multiple methods of recording and collecting, data is amassed into archives of information to illustrate investigative narratives.
Both historical and contemporary practices have equal consideration when conducting observations. By juxtaposing contemporary technologies with historic practices such as naturalistic collecting and botanical pressing, Ansell creates abstract museological records of the surrounding natural world.
What have you enjoyed most whilst studying at PCA?
The community of individuals I have met on the course. As a collective we have always been very supportive and encouraging, you can always expect to see a friendly face when entering the studio.
What is your artistic style?
I do not have a style per se; I work from a more ideological approach, utilising materials that are relevant to my concepts.