Ben Sandness

Builder / Thinker / Artist / Designer


March 2, 2009, graphite, muslin, wood, 178X88(surface); 160.25X88X38.25, 2009


This work is a self-referential exploration of human awareness. The images and objects present in my drawings are derived from my streams of conscious thought. I write and draw in an attempt to record (without interrupting) my internal automatic thoughts. I use ordinary ballpoint pen or graphite to draw or write on various sizes of soft, white paper or light, unbleached fabric. The drawings are loose, with quick gestural marks made in an attempt to produce a real-time storyboard of my consciousness. As I repeat this procedure over and over, I try to identify and evaluate external influences that inform my conscious thoughts. My process is an experimental exploration of conscious thought, its progression, and its relationship to physical surroundings. I manipulate personal, technical, and environmental variables by choosing when, where, and how to transcribe my inner dialogue. The viewer is given the opportunity to engage the work with their conscious thought as they find objects, forms, or emotions in the drawings that they can relate to. A connection is temporarily made between a point in my conscious stream and that of the viewer.

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