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Ben Boothby is originally from Maine and received an MFA at the Academy of Art, San Francisco, in 2011. Before that he studied at Wesleyan University, Connecticut.
His paintings articulate the way we experience memory with the aim of appealing to a sense of nostalgia. Each piece is built up layers of spatial ambiguities and shifting degrees of focus, combined with scattered representational details. He uses his neurotic fixation on the past to investigate qualities that are more universal.
‘Our memories are rich with various emotions, smells, and tactile sensations. Memories can be a puzzle we cannot force into clarity,’ he says. In his re-interpretation of memories Boothby accentuate this puzzling sensation because it creates gaps that the viewer can fill with their own associations.
His work has been exhibited nationwide.