Ben Sellick’s meticulously detailed work is created with tiny, individual pieces of paper, cut from a 3-hole-punch and desktop spiral-binding machine. Guided by imagination, he arranges them by-hand into inspired forms and patterns by using an exact-o-knife, tweezers, and glue. By means of the systematic nature of the process, Ben is able to find a rhythm, focus, and enter a quasi-meditative state. The sensation is ephemeral, while the works are the tangible and lasting result.
Ben Sellick is a multi-disciplinary creative who lives and works in Toronto. He was born in Bristol, England and emigrated to Canada with his family when he was thirteenyears-old. He attended Sheridan College (Oakville, ON), where he studied Art Fundamentals and Technical & Scientific Illustration, graduating with distinction in 2004.
Despite Ben’s formal education in illustration, he does not limit himself to this field. His most recent works are assemblages of tens of thousands of pieces of cut paper.
In 2014, Ben was a recipient of a Visual Arts – Emerging Artist grant from the Ontario Arts Council.
Detail of Work #291, 2015
Close-up of Work #308, 2017
Detail of Work #305, 2017