Artist Statement Submitted 2017Paul Stephen Benjamin is a multidisciplinary artist. His work brings the past, present and future together through use of the color black. The color black becomes an entry point into discussions of identity, race and masculinity. Benjamin creates multi-layered artworks, which incorporate history, text and popular culture. He employs painting, sculpture, installation and video in his work.
His work focuses on the complex nature of blackness – simultaneously static and dynamic - and raises questions that can only be answered through viewers’ personal experiences. Multiple layers of meaning and thought are a consistent element and signature of his work regardless of the medium.