Ben Venom (born 1978) earned a Master of Fine Art degree from San Francisco Art Institute and currently resides in San Francisco. He is a heavy metal music devotee whose practice aims to redefine the boundaries and history of quilting by utilizing the aesthetic of the theatrical, high volume, and alpha male musical genre.
“I’m interested in juxtaposing traditional handmade crafts with extreme elements found on the fringes of society. My work can be described as opposing forces colliding at lightning speed. Imagery found in vintage tattoos, the occult, and motorcycle gangs are stitched together with recycled materials using techniques usually relegated to your grandmother’s sewing circle. Serious, yet attempting to take on a B-movie horror film style, where ridiculousness becomes genius. The question remains ... Can I play with madness?”