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Ben Pierce

Cape Girardeau, MO

"modern. simple. honest."
I began creating sculptures in 2010 with an urgency and passion I did not fully understand at that time. Initially I made sculptures that had a defined “gap” in them. I felt like this gap represented relationships that had been severed or otherwise forever changed. Following that series I created work that was not a physical representation of something so personal. I designed pieces that were purely aesthetic, and non-representational focused on form. While working on this series the circle became an overwhelming and recurring shape in my work. A shape this is still central to my work.

My work has great personal meaning that isn't always obvious or easy to talk about. At some point I felt compelled, even pressured by exhibitions for the “one paragraph” artist statement or “thirty second” sound bites to say something easily digestible. I acquiesced to the requests and began to tell them what I thought they wanted to hear because I felt embarrassed and anxious about the TRUTH- because the truth was not nearly as light as what I gave them. The truth is; my work has been a physical manifestation of ‘me.’ Making sculptures has been a coping tool, an outlet for my DEPRESSION. The topic of mental illness : such as depression and anxiety are not light/fun topics to imbue into your work. I have been living with depression for many years-way before I began making art. Most of my life in fact. I only recently began to speak openly about this with friends and family. I want to be more open about this in regards to my art work, for a few reasons. My art has the ability to reach a lot of people, and maybe seeing me turn my depression into something positive can inspire them. Maybe someone will hear about my art works or read this and feel HOPE. Maybe my openness about my own depression will allow others to seek help or confide in someone. Maybe this can open that conversation for them. Maybe just letting them know that they are not alone.

You are not alone.
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