Ben Freeman utilizes found objects that range from photographs to maps to record albums in order to create his multi-layered collages. Surfaces of lace or an exposed middle layer of corrugated cardboard provide textural qualities to many of the artist’s works. Time and memory are themes that are constant in Freeman’s large scale mixed media paintings. The anonymous individuals presented in each painting are given histories and personalities through the inclusion of vintage photographs, maps, and other nostalgia. The characters are easily associated with the viewer’s own family, allowing the viewer to take part in a dialogue with the artist.
The artist attended the School of Design at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, where he received an MA in architecture. His work has been shown extensively in Boston-area institutions, including the Creiger-Sesen Gallery, the Barbara Krakow Gallery, and the Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH.