|Collages, video and music. Ben Giles talks about his recent work
answering 10 questions for our ART-FILE.
|How old are you and when did you start?
I’m 19 years old, I’ve always been creative but in terms of creating art seriously, I’d say just under a year.
What inspires your work? Where do you find inspiration?
The most occurring themes in my work are childhood, dreams, transitions, space, disruptions, parallels and death. Often the image itself sparks an idea for the final composition rather than looking for an image to fit with a composition I already want to create, the images create themselves in a way, im somewhat of a conductor piecing the images together where they fit and work. The collages I feel are almost screenshots for films that the viewer has to imagine or are sets to an existing film that never aired, its simply a window and I enjoy creating links with video work, film and collage. I do take inspiration from other artists work, but I tend not to focus on other works before or while im working, I would rather it show no similarities to other works and stay what it is, I want it to be honest, but other artists work does have an impact on me, be it the technique or the context behind it.
Collage became a serious medium to me once I had started a personal video project, the videos were all from found footage and I wanted a physical version of that to accompany it, just to extend the world that I had created. But over the following months, collage came more naturally to me and became the medium I worked with. The compositions took on their own meaning and moved away from the video work. I love working with found objects and using them, giving the objects a new meaning and a new life where they may have been forgotten and reusing something that nobody would have seen. Almost giving the objects and images a second chance.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Don caballero, Storm and Stress, Battles, Zach Hill, Islet, Lite, Chevreuil, also a lot of soundtrack work like Nick Cave and Warren Eliss, Hanz Zimmer etc. Just something stimulating and interesting, space, looping, spontaneity, improvisation and unconventional song structures tend to reoccur a lot in what I listen to.
What is your creative routine like?
I have two types of processes when I create, the first is that I will get an idea and have to persist with it until it’s completed, this relates with sculpture, video and collage. I’m one of those people that has lots of different things going on at once when I work, I have music or a film or television show on, a book to read and a load of papers around and it just happens, it’s easy during this process, because it’s enjoyable. The space I work in at the moment is tiny so it’s extremely messy at times and this just helps immerse myself, it becomes a bubble which can be very productive, I have lots of cigarette breaks and a headache by the end.
Where you will be in ten years time?
I can’t say. I’d like to think it will be somewhere where I have the ability to create what I want and to still make music, that’s all that really matters.
What sights would you show us in your hometown?
There isn’t a great deal of things, but we have the smallest pub in Britain and the Abbey Gardens.
What five things you can not live without?
Oxygen, Food, Pepsi Max, The internet and music
What is your definition of freedom?
To not be held down by anyone and express yourself however you want to.
What are you rebelling now?
Nothing, having a break from it.