Iris SiYi Shen
Benjamin Armstrong is a young artist from Melbourne. He has liked drawings ever since primary school. At the age of 17, he studied at art school to become an artist. He also likes reading and travelling. He says that journeys through books and the real world provide great ideas for his sculpture. Can you think of a time where you wanted to be creative as the result of a journey?
Look carefully, Benjamin Armstrong’s sculptures are weird and strange. What do they look like to you? These sculptures may look careless and unplanned but in fact are carefully designed by the artist through a lot of reading, drawing and experimentations. Sometimes, this process takes up to one year to finalise.
So what is he trying to make? Benjamin Armstrong does not want to tell you what he is making. You sometimes have to be a detective when you looking at his art. There are many hints in his objects.
This is made of glass and wax. The combination of clear dome shell and fleshy wax material looks like a creature that lives in a foreign land. Does it resemble a creature you might have seen somewhere else?
The key material in Benjamin’s creature – glass – is sometimes made naturally in super-hot volcanoes. Perhaps the artist is telling us that his creatures are also creations of the natural world. What else is he telling us?
Now CREATE your own creatures.
What is your imaginary creature? Turn it into a reality!
Now you know what it looks like, construct your creature with any material you can find at home.