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Ben Cauchi

An Inexplicable Occurence
Ben Cauchi
Doppelganger
Ben Cauchi
Room 107
Ben Cauchi
Shroud
Ben Cauchi
The Artist’s Coat
Ben Cauchi
The Foreseer
Ben Cauchi
The Waiting Room
Ben Cauchi
Tales (A. E. P.)
Ben Cauchi, 2008
Tintype, 24 x 20
The Fig Tree
Ben Cauchi, 2011
Wet-collodion on acrylic, 20 x 25
The Window
Ben Cauchi, 2012
Wet-collodion on acrylic, 20 x 25
Shroud
Ben Cauchi, 2008
Tintype, 20 x 24
The Waiting Room
Ben Cauchi, 2013
Ambrotype
The Shroud, The Spectator
Ben Cauchi, 2013
Ambrotypes
Insomnia, An Inexplicable Occurence
Ben Cauchi, 2013
Ambrotypes
The Incoherence of Dreams
Ben Cauchi, 2013
Ambrotype
Grunwald
Ben Cauchi, 2013
Ambrotype
The Waiting Room, The Thin Veil, A Subterfuge
Ben Cauchi, 2013
Ambrotypes
An Inexplicable Occurence
Ben Cauchi
Doppelganger
Ben Cauchi
Room 107
Ben Cauchi
Shroud
Ben Cauchi
The Artist’s Coat
Ben Cauchi
The Foreseer
Ben Cauchi
The Waiting Room
Ben Cauchi
The Tremulous Hour
Ben Cauchi, 2011
Photograph
Untitled
Ben Cauchi, 2016
Ambrotype, 28 x 36cm
Untitled
Ben Cauchi, 2016
Ambrotype, 28 x 36cm
Untitled
Ben Cauchi, 2017
Ambrotype
Untitled
Ben Cauchi, 2017
Ambrotype, 41 x 52cm
Behind the Curtain
Ben Cauchi
32 x 27cm
Fig Tree
Ben Cauchi, 2011
31.8 x 39.8cm

About Ben Cauchi

For over a decade Ben Cauchi has engaged in a photographic practice examining the nature of photography, the passage of time, and the psychological dimensions of viewing. His work is made using the wet-collodion photographic process, resulting in ambrotypes and tintypes; one-off positives on glass or metal. It is a process that dates back to the dawn of photography; an invention of the Enlightenment and a time of science, industry and reason yet, also, a time when spiritualism and mesmerism swept the public. This dichotomy is at the centre of Cauchi’s work; he stages scenarios in the studio and, using the photographic process itself, blurs the lines between what is, and what is not, and so investigates the space between the empirical and the incorporeal.

As writer and critic Gregory O’Brien has said: Cauchi “has not only mastered long outmoded photographic techniques but he has revitalised those traditional ways of making and seeing within the context of contemporary photography and the present day world. Beyond their mystery and occasional sense of menace, his immensely refined images are also repositories for lyricism and, at times, a dark but nonetheless exquisite beauty.”

Cauchi was awarded the Creative New Zealand Visual Arts Residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2012) and The Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award (2011). His work is held in public collections in New Zealand and Australia including the Museum of New Zealand Te Tapa Tongarewa, Auckland Art Gallery, the Chartwell Collection, the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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