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Benjamin Winans

Benjamin Winans

Graduate Student, MFA Program

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Curriculum Vitae

BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2018

Biography

Benjamin Winans was born and raised in the American South until, at the age of 10, his parents became Southern Baptist Missionaries to the small African nation of Mauritius.  After briefly returning to the United States, his family relocated to Japan where he lived until graduating high school. 

Benjamin’s intense curiosity, especially in history, sociology, psychology, and philosophy, has informed his research-based and multi-disciplinary practice. His work operates at the intersection of cultural critique and empathy and manifests in prints, installations, and a documentational self-autopsy: a growing archive where he unpacks the various cultural, familial, and scientific relationships that aid in understanding his surroundings and demonstrate his attempt to locate himself within them.  These serve to document his inquiry into the effects of social conditions (both national and institutional; designed and by chance) upon communities and individuals.  The artworks are about trauma, responsibility, and the relationship between privilege and circumstance.  Embedded in the work is Benjamin’s desire to raise awareness of Third-Culture Identity: a socio-psychological profile fostered by spending one’s adolescence in a culture different from that of their birth and exemplified by a sense of relationship to all experienced cultures without ownership of any.  In an increasingly globalized world, understanding this trait has the potential to inform and foster a more empathetic and compassionate community.

Benjamin joins the Stamps community after 5 years at Triple Stamp Press, a commercial, water-based screen-printing company based in Richmond, VA.  He received his BFA with high honors from Virginia Commonwealth University in Painting and Printmaking as well as a Minor in Art History.  

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