Ben Alderman, also known as Lin Wen-Ben, is a process-based artist, painter, and RMCAD Alumni. Born in Taiwan and adopted to US parents at twelve, Ben’s work is heavily influenced by dual experiences with Eastern and Western influences. We talk about Ben’s experiences as an artist, the process of finding personal identity through art, and the next step; earning a Master’s in London.
My name is Lin Wen-Ben Also know as Ben Alderman. My upbringing dramatically influences how I view the world. I was born in Taiwan and moved to the United States in adolescence. I was adopted by two men who I now consider to be my fathers. My experience of being adopted at twelve gives me fuel to produce my artworks; The dichotomy of Eastern and Western art culture merges into my creative process. I was exposed to Asian calligraphy when I was in Taiwan. To this day, I still think about the aesthetics of this art form—the human touch and the brushstroke. This influence shows up in my work, which is often visually expressionistic.
I am a process-based artist, and I am interested in exploring the culture of art and objects. My work examines the notion of illusion and involves the structure of painting, and the process of experimental mark-making. Studying art history influenced my work, and I continue to challenge myself to make art conceptually. I use the structure of Western painting, and I marry the idea of Eastern calligraphy and philosophy.