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Aaron Benson, 2010–2011 MJD Fellow
resident 2009–2011


Aaron Benson received his BFA in Ceramics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and was an intern at Anderson Ranch in Colorado. Benson uses a combination of clay, metal, wood, plastic and Styrofoam to create works that mimic architectural forms.  Most recently Benson received the 2010-2011 Bray MJD Fellowship.

“My sculpture talks specifically about the security I place in objects.  Using an assortment of different materials such as clay, steel, wood, and plastics, I create assemblages of objects that appear secure and stable, but have tones of uneasiness about them.  The tension comes in the forms of uncomfortable balance, and a visual juxtaposition of opposing parts.  Each piece establishes an element of visual “trust” with the viewer.    

I want people to see how order strengthens and stabilizes our daily life.  There is structure everywhere, from the makeup of our bodies, the stoplights that keep traffic flowing in our cities, and our daily routines that keep us scheduled.  Where would we be without rules and guidelines?  I thrive on organization and precision.  I find security within order and structure, in my work and in my life."

To view more work by Aaron Benson visit his website at aarontbenson.com.


Man-made Sanctuary (Green), 20010
stoneware, wood, concrete, steel
21" x 2.5" x 3.5"


Building Parameters IV, 2010
stoneware, wood, concrete, steel
30" x 16" x 4"


Wedge Reliance I, 2010
stoneware, wood, concrete, steel
15.5 " x 13.5" x 6"

Securing Trust I, 2010
stoneware, wood, steel
27 " x 15" x 8"

Building Parameters XVI, 2010
stoneware, wood, concrete, steel
26 " x 17.5" x 16.5"

Of Little Comfort (Red), 2010
stoneware, wood, concrete, steel, Styrofoam
12 " x 4.5" x 3.5"