In this latest body of work, A Slow Migration, Ben takes us on a journey through stories and experiences as the years rolled by, and he became more settled after migrating from his homeland Ireland to Australia.
Says Ben of his work: “My painting practice over the past few years has been a way for me to come to terms with my feelings about leaving my home and creating another one so far away. As I look now at this body of work there are familiar themes such as the vastness and incomprehensible wildness of the landscape I find myself in.
“Lonely figures are almost swallowed up by the dense, savage undergrowth of the wilderness. But in several of the paintings there are groups of people interacting with each other, with the focus shifting away from their environment. My own family features more prominently now too. I wonder if this is a reflection on whether I have finally migrated after all this time. A sense of community, a family, friendships; I suppose these are the things that make it possible to feel rooted in a new land.
“Something we do as a family to this day is gather kindling at twilight for our fire. It’s a magic time of day when the first stars are visible and there’s an eerie in between light that casts strange shadows- making the thought of a bright, warm fire even more inviting.”
Signed on back.