“I first came across the work of Ben Giles during his first year of university. His floral collages, struck a chord with me; I instantly knew they were something special. The combination of scale, and precision result in works that mesmerise the viewer; transporting them to floral fantasies, and dreamlike landscapes.
Both Giles’ collages and installations have received international recognition:- in 2014 his floral collage was displayed across New York’s Times Square, in 2015 he has featured in numerous magazines, and held several workshops, exhibitions and group shows across the U.K.” – Kerr McIlwraith, Pen etc founder.
Ben Giles’ work explores man’s connection with nature; a flawed connection. Read his statement below.
“My current work explores our flawed connection to nature, as well as the primal and beautiful connection we can have with it. We use, destroy, consume, tame, trim, garden, manipulate, place, deforest, witness and take for granted, yet are reliant on it to breathe, provide food, build homes and create our many products and needs. It seems it’s only okay on our terms.
I want to “release” materials back into nature. Through using objects originally sourced from natural resources, I create outdoor works, and give a life cycle to objects that are interpretations of nature.
The importance of space on the work will come into play and it may become apparent that the work cannot exist outside of the space, or that by moving its location it can keep adapting and changing just as many natural things find a way surviving through human interference. Both the space and the environment become a part of the work.
Through my work I want to adapt, trick and seduce the audience with artificial, environments to inhabit. The audience will interact with new worlds, manipulated objects, and false representations. I want to create experiences that are playful, childish, exciting and colourful, yet subtly disturbing. The context of the work seeps into the visual stimuli. The audience needs to be excited, interested, confused and unsettled. It is important that people engage, seek, explore and remember.”