Ellen Benson

Studio #M-8

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Since I left my job as a bank VP, I have been creating art nonstop! Inspired at first by boxes of old family photos and documents, I began making collages, assemblages and altered books with these very personal materials.

For a number of years I have been a member of
Philadelphia’s Dumpster Divers, a group of artists which focuses on re-using cast -off pieces of the world around us to make found object art.

To me and to many “divers,” art materials are everywhere, and sometimes just finding a particular item inspires a variety of projects. I look at a bottlecap on the street and see a doll’s little hat; my old paintbrushes look like legs. Cigar boxes and old drawers are really “houses” for creating a story within.

A few years year ago I gave myself a personal challenge of making 1000 figures  of found objects, paper mâché and clay. I call these my “Dumpster Divas.” In  2012-13  about  300 of  them  were exhibited at Philadelphia International Airport! See more of my work in FOUND OBJECT ART 2, Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2009.

Subscribe to my blog at muchachadiva.wordpress.com

For more information about the artist’s work visit:

 www.inliquid.org and www.dumpsterdivers.org