Benjamin Patrick is chair of the Visual and Performing Arts programs at Vermont Commons School in South Burlington, Vermont. Benjamin graduated from Saint Michael's College in 1998 with a BA in Fine Arts and from Pratt Institute in 2004 with an MS in Art Education of Art and Design. He has been the Artist in Residence at Vermont Commons School since 2004, where he designs the Visual Arts Program, which unites media, concept, and studio application.
Manuscripts bear witness to the process of creation and transmission. The shifting textual landscapes of our histories are preserved in their pages, and these pages are preserved in the collections of our libraries. My work seeks to further preserve these compositions through a conceptual, philosophical, and visual détournement of the original manuscript that reconstitutes it for our present and its future.
My process of deconstruction begins with a high resolution tiff file from a scan of a manuscript preserved in a private collection at a library. Using design software, I layer these images, change sizes to epic proportions, saturate color, and print a new composition. In this process I seek to reroute or hijack the original illuminations with the digital luminescence of pixels, colors and surfaces available today. Throughout there is an appreciation of the complexity of the archive and the archival. With this appropriation of materials and language, I hope to reunite the observer with a piece of a history, one that is typically hidden in the stacks, thus transforming both object and observer.
Like most of the manuscripts that we find in collections, all mediums used in my printmaking process are archival, from the silk, cotton, or bamboo papers that I use to the Lucia 12 ink pigments of the large format printer. To this end there is a continued transformative dynamism between the lasting archive and the ephemera produced by the human hand.
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