I’ve always been drawn to artists who somehow with their work can create an own reality. These often strange and surreal realms might reflect our own, might even be heavily tied to it, but something about the works make them alien and unique to the mindscape of said artist. 3D expert Benedict is one such creator and this work Inside The Void is one I wanted to share with you this week. Part of a series called ‘Emotionally Caused Disasters’, this piece transports us to a seemingly secret and hidden space where we’re greeted by a being or a landmark made entirely of faces or facets of one person. It almost feels as if a traumatic event in our world has created a twin in this realm, a sort of remnant of a tear-soaked moment so powerful that it created a life of its own. The interplay of colours make it seem like this odd sight is found underwater, but the clearly visible streaked faces make that, at least in earthly waters, an impossibility.
Often when people speak of ghosts, they talk about strong emotional events that leave their mark on our world. Perhaps these haunted waters are populated by traces of a sadness so powerful it could not quite be forgotten. What marks the work of Benedict is their minute attention to detail and how the otherworldly of his images still often contains that trace of the familiar. There’s something profound in the thought, that moments of grief and depression are not wasted, but that there’s value in them, perhaps in ways we could have never imaged without the help of artists like Benedict. This artist, alongside an excellent group of master world builders, will be featured in the MoCDA/Sandbox exhibit ‘Impossible Worlds’, which will open in the Sandbox NFT Institute this Friday.