"In one stroke, it is calligraphicin many colours, it is Joseph’s coatas a reflection of life, it is as true as the experience itselfas art, it is an example of real being and presence.as truth, it is uncomplicated, honest.as integrity it is humble."
That is how I describe Ben.
One simple reason I approached Ben to work on this project is that I have seen him at work. The particular circumstances were unusual-he was decorating a chocolate egg. The egg weighed over 5 kilos and was being hand made by a chocolatier for a Lama whose retreat we were attending.
It is not only the quality of the artwork that impressed me-it was truly breathtaking. The egg was decorated using fine line drawing and edible pigments to depict the colourful Indian God-Yama, the god of death. On the other side of the egg was a perfectly depicted sitting Gotama Buddha. These images are challenging on any medium, more so on chocolate and marzipan and without the time to engage in trial and error.
These images were painstakingly made in the sure knowledge they would be destroyed. What took my attention was seeing Ben at work through a window. I knew he was creating and that creative energy delivered considerable joy and appreciation to the many people who were present when the egg was broken open to reveal carefully prepared flowers and small Buddha figures.
It is not only the result, the skill, the precision that drew my attention, it was the freedom and ease with which he worked and works.
I have known Ben for over a decade and I’ve had plenty of opportunities during that time to see him working with people, either as an artist or a musician or as a representative of indigenous cultures.
He’s a man who gives freely and whose modesty belies a depth of skill which, all the more impressive since for him the finished result is secondary to the process. And that is our proposal-that attentiveness to the process, whether it be in the creation of art or the creation of any project, is paramount if we are to be successful, if we are to transcend our apparent limitations.
I know Ben is passionate about sharing the common potential of all of us to allow creativity to flourish so that we relax, mature and find contentment in process as well as in the result of the process.