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Benjamin Lambert, aka Blam, is an artist based in Alma, MI.
Benjamin explains his work by saying, “My ceramic sculptures utilize figures and animals. The works express observations of the interaction between humans and the natural environment. I am interested in the narrative potential that figures can have when paired with specific objects. I juxtapose symbols to evoke disturbing, curious, or uncanny imagery. It is in finding a disjointed relationship between figures and their accessories that I revel and snicker. Humor, I hope, is a hook that reels in my audience to look at something more serious than initially implied by my playfully articulated works. Iconic figures and conventional narratives, as well as cartoons, and popular imagery are subjects that influence my work. I am interested in how icons can act as a surrogate for talking about environmental concerns. Other influences in my work are current day environmental issues. Because of growing up on a 14-mile stretch of a river that requires an oxygen bubbler to prevent the fish from suffocating, I foster environmental awareness. Having lived in proximity to a river that is being revitalized has inspired me to research environmental problems and models for solutions. This research informs the directions of my concepts.”