As an artist, I am a problem solver. I am interested in finding solutions to the problems of the world I live in. My artwork focuses on water usage in the Great Plains area: a regional concern that is related to the phenomenon of global drought.
I was raised on a farm and ranch in rural Nebraska and still feel a profound responsibility towards the land. Below Nebraska lies the greatest underground water reserve in the world, the Ogallala Aquifer. Through my research on water, I have discovered many structural similarities between water molecules, jackstones and ethanol molecules. By utilizing these objects, I am able to search for the interactions among man-made objects, cartography, mathematics, chemistry, and my own imagination.
Juried, 2012. The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay.
Image "38 State Battle." Lark Books, p 176.
Wendling, Amy E. 2012. The Ruling Ideas. Book Cover Image by Jess
Benjamin, "WATERCOLOR: THE OGALLALA AQUIFER"
(2011). Lexington Books, a division of Rowan & Littlefield.
Smith, K. October 3, 2012. "Artist Sculpts U.S. Drought Monitor." National Drought Mitigation Center Website. drought.unl.edu/
Thompson, P. 2012. October/November "Jess Benjamin Ceramic Climatologist." HerLiving Magazine. pgs 6-7.
Benjamin, J and Carpenter, K. 2011, Summer, "Acquiring a New Studio Space: What You Need to Know Before You Invest." Clay Times Magazine, pgs 31-33.
WATERCOLOR, Hilmer Art Gallery, College of Saint Mary, Omaha, NE.