Ben Strear

Denver, NC

2017 Excellence in Design

My art is hand made from simple materials, wood and paint. Most often times my sculptures and vases are turned on a lathe, although I would not call myself a wood turner, rather a wood carver. I seek the slow, calibrated effort that wood offers as a medium. Every meticulous mark requires deliberate planning and precision. Despite my ridged process, my goal is to produce work which exudes a visual language of growth and form. I adorn my work with repetitive yet complex patterns which hint of vegetal origins. One should look beyond my work's medium and suggested function and imagine they are petrified fruits yielded by a long since perished, primordial garden.
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