We had the good fortune of connecting with Ben Siekierski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ben, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
It’s something that came naturally, you honestly don’t have a choice in the matter if I’m away from the studio for too long I start unconsciously making sculptures out of anything I find lying around. There was this one slow day at a coffee shop I was working at when I just filled the whole space with little men made out of cups that I cut up.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a multidisciplinary artist here in Denver, Colorado, my work could be described as tongue and cheek probing of suburban America. Window sills are gazed into by roving packs of tigers and swimming pools are infested with sharks all while UFO’s and their occupants observe the mess.
I would be lying if I said becoming an artist was particularly difficult, Denver has a uniquely supportive art community, I don’t know if you’d really find something like it anywhere else!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh man I would definitely take them to Pon Pon at some point its a cool little art bar on walnut, beyond that I’m sure we could hit up some of the galleries like Rule, David B. Smith, Dateline, etc. I’d probably also bring them round to My Brothers Bar!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shoutout the professors at RMCAD who pushed me into switching from illustration to the Fine Arts program. Specifically Amber Cobb and Clark Richert, if Clark hadn’t sat out side my studio door reading book forum, telling me about artists I should look into and if Amber hadn’t shown me that there’s more to art then drawing I don’t think I’d still be making art.