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60: Benjamin Phillips

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives

60: Benjamin Phillips
Benjamin Phillips

See also: Benjamin Phillips' Reflection Pool at eye lounge

Benjamin Phillips is a sculptor who makes art that refers to conditions of mortality and vulnerability in the human body. Phillips was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and educated in Canada and the United States.

Before studying art, his first degree was in Comparative Religion where he says he established a curiosity for understanding the people around him and universal truths that narrate our common experiences.

"This training prepared a foundation for my comparative approach to studying the human body for his artistic practice, layering literary metaphors into contemporary form and subject matter," he says.

Autumn (Forton, steel, lead, pigments)
Autumn (Forton, steel, lead, pigments)
Benjamin Phillips

I came to Phoenix with . . . my wife in the summer of 2008 from Vancouver, British Columbia. We got married a month before with an urge to start a new chapter in our lives in a new country with new opportunities and better weather.

I make art because . . . it is a way for me to communicate things I can't with words.

I'm most productive when . . . I have three unresolved projects on the go and at least one of them is due relatively soon. A small amount of panic is a good stimulator for my brain.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . body parts (molds and casted ones, that is) as well all kinds of pictures of bodies in motion and poised.

I've learned the most from . . . problems that I don't know how to resolve. I approach these situations more clearly because I don't know how they will end, so I'm discovering as I go and my senses are more acutely aware at every stage of the process. In response to this, I tend to work organically to allow for this to happen.

Good work should always . . . stop you and make you reconsider something in a totally new light.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . . money, initiative and awareness... from patrons and the city and state; art gets swept under the rug unless there's a controversy at an auction house, and that's not right.

Stephen (Forton, steel, bondo, pigments)
Stephen (Forton, steel, bondo, pigments)
Benjamin Phillips

More people need to go and see art and make a personal connection with art so they can appreciate the function of art; it isn't just for decoration or for people who use funny words and wear funny glasses. Art can teach you about yourself and the world around you. Art is good for everyone, even when you don't understand it, which is difficult for a lot of people because art doesn't hold a prominent role in North American culture.

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas 99. Isaac Caruso 98. Brandon Gore 97. Kelsey Dake 96. Hector Ruiz 95. Caroline Battle 94: Jennifer Campbell 93. Jeff Chabot 92. Tiffiney Yazzie 91. Daniel Germani 90. Irma Sanchez 89. Daniel m. Davis 88. Kirstin Van Cleef 87. Emmett Potter 86. Sarah Hurwitz 85. Christine Cassano 84. Fred Tieken 83. Lindsay Kinkade 82. Ruben Galicia 81. Robert Uribe 80. Heidi Abrahamson 79. Josephine Davis 78. Travis Ladue 77. Taz Loomans 76. Mikey Jackson 75. Alex Empty 74. Joe Ray 73. Carol Roque 72. Daniel Funkhouser 71. Carla Chavarria 70. Hugo Medina 69. Cavin Costello 68. Claire Carter 67. Lindsay Tingstrom 66. Catherine Ruane 65. Christopher Crosby 64. Aaron Johnson 63. Brenda Eden 62. a href="http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/jackalope/2012/07/colton_brock_phoenix_art_creatives.php" target="_blank">Colton Brock 61. Ernesto Moncada

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