Ben Watkins American, b. 1977
Ben Watkins is fascinated by the fluidity and possibility of one thing becoming another. He thinks of a line as a timeline, one that affects space and surface: it divides, defines, separates, and travels through a surface. In his plexiglass and wood pieces, incised lines move from edge to edge. The etched glass lends a physical presence to lines that may otherwise be only implicated. It is in the intersections of these lines that unique spaces are created that carve a balance between confined boundaries and stretching growth.
Ben Watkins holds an MFA (2003) from The Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA (2001) from Murray State University, KY. Ben Watkins' work has been shown in a solo exhibition at AS220 Project Space, Providence, RI; and in groups shows at the Chazan Gallery, Providence, RI; One Way Gallery, Narragansett, RI; the Jamestown Art Center, Jamestown, RI; Worcester State University Art Gallery, Worcester, MA; and at Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, RI. Ben Watkins is the recipient of the 2014 Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Fellowship in 3-Dimensional Work.