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Ben Hellewell

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Ben Hellewell
ben hellewell

Artist Information

Artwork Title
Seeing through transformation
Site No
Lives in
Artist Creative Process
My journey begun a short 2 months ago. Combing a beach in North Queensland amidst a very transitional stage in my life, I was led to a unique piece of driftwood, very alive with a message for my soul, delivered through the imagination. I studied contemporary and visual arts through high school for 5 years. With an ease and attitude toward the creation of art through numerous mediums, I cruised through my studies quite happily. I have been building earthships and natural mud/straw/adobe homes for a few years now and have decided to turn my creative juices into a more imaginative format through sculpting with driftwood. My love for the ocean is deep. The timber that travels through her and washes upon our shores has many stories for us to uncover. I have my first piece, a humpback whale to share with the community, as my beginning into the world of sculpting, begins.
Artwork Description
Seeing through transformation. The humpback whale is a creature of massive scale, a creature of depth, a creature of play, of travel, of elegance and strength. The concept for me was to open, to channel the congestion of confusion and grief through my imagination whilst walking kilometres along a beautifully baron beach, listening to the subtlest of songs whipping through the wind as the whales migrated south. To haul heavy treasured timbers for kilometres up the coast and through the dunes by foot, so’s to fulfill an urge to open a new chapter. To purely create what the unseen power was pushing through me. As a gold prospector must light up when he strikes a nugget, I too light up as I find these pieces that have been waiting for something new. A transformation proportionate to my own. To see ourselves and others with eyes for who and what we can become above who and what we have already been. Seeing this way, through transformation, is essential for the individual to continue shifting themselves into the new gift and eternal moment of now. The sculpture will engage the attuned audience with a captivating stillness that will likely provoke insight into this truth. For others it will provide a visual insight into the connection between timber, the ocean and the creative imagination. The whale itself is approximately 1.5m long x 50cm tall x 1m wide and about 50kgs. I will have it on a rustic stand approximately 1m high. Made from a selection of Australian driftwood.
Sale Price
All sales enquiries please call Suvira at 0402 125 922 or email Suvira McDonald
Sculpture Photography: John Walters
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