Benjamin Oswald received his MFA at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and was a recipient of the Robert Weghsteen Memorial Award in ceramics. His practice involves the creation of vessels and sculpture and is an examination of their spaces and interactions. Oswald has won awards both provincially and internationally for his work and recently completed a residency at the International Ceramic Research Centre in Skælskør, Denmark. He currently works as a professional artist and arts educator in Treaty 6 Territory - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
My work situates itself at the intersections of art, design, and contemporary craft and investigates themes such as liminality, resonance, and void. I make work using minimalistic aesthetics and industrial processes to produce carefully profiled objects with the traces of the hand removed. This homage to a more reductive and design-based process speaks to my desire to tease out the underlying structure of a thing and then see it multiplied and reworked in combinatory ways to produce rhythms, contrasts or acts of excavation. Science is used as a generative method to envision the essence of a phenomena such as sound or thought which is then materially represented through ceramic vessels and sculptural compositions.
Benjamin Oswald is a member of the:
Edmonton Arts Council
Alberta Craft Council
Sculptors Association of Alberta
Emily Carr University of Art and Design