Benjamin Wang


Class of: 2025

Major: Photography BFA

Medium: Sculpture

Faculty: Alison McNulty

Prompt: Students will create a structure that supports a mass as a way of engaging with an ecological issue somewhere between the immediate and the immense. The conceptual territory between where we place the vast majority of our attention on a daily basis and what we might think of as the most pressing issues in the world today is the space where we are connected to the world beyond our sense of being an individual self; this is the actively unfolding territory of entangled relations with other beings and surroundings where culture, nature, and possibility intersect. This is territory rife with potential for objects to engage, examine, bring awareness to, and shift the ways we relate to other bodies and our environments.

Inspired by the lands suffering from severe drought issues, Drylands is a representation of the cradle of humankind, the earth, that is being heated up and turning more and more of its precious lands into dryness.