‘Who are you?’ the Caterpillar asks the three-foot high Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The girl, once so sure of herself, realises that she does not know. What was once normal has suddenly become strange, and the certainties of her world have been upended and overturned. Ben Pearce’s recent work employs found objects that are reshaped into forms suggestive of scientific apparatus or adjunct experiments. Works shift from one material to another, changing form and shape shifting as if the works are in a slow state of transmutation.
Colbolt Cut, 2015
Found toy (c1940), acrylic, crushed glass, copper and aluminium
Copper Cut, 2015
Artist’s toy, acrylic, copper & aluminium
I Often Miss Beaty All Around Me and Moon Crater Study, 2015
Cast glass, acrylic
37 x 29.3 cm and 30.4 x 23 cm