I always carry a sketchbook with me, in which I outline small objects. I gave them the abstract but euphonic name Rugla Swepum. Thirty-six of those scribblings I scaled up on aluminum boards.
I believe we find beauty in life the more we are able to see and enjoy the whole picture—extremes and everything between. My hope is that viewers will see the various works in Rugla Swepum as an opportunity to examine their own lives. In the paintings, elements intertwine, occasionally squeezing themselves in and cutting structures apart. Layer lines up with layer. Color sets itself apart from color. A new form arises, a new contrast, a shape made of fragments. Together they all add up. Together it is not round, not whole, not simple. It is more than that—it is complete. In life, some things simply cannot be intertwined. They remain paradoxical, broken, unconnected, next to each other… and yet when viewed altogether, they are still whole.
Benjamin Siegenthaler is a Swiss Artist. He grew up in the countryside with vast landscapes, then moved to the city of Zürich as a young man. His art similarly travels between two poles: between spacious installations and intricate paintings; between raw sculptures and witty collages. Currently he continues his work in Hemsedal, Norway. He works with conventional and easily obtainable resources in a structured and meticulously planned manner, and with a passion for detail. Since starting as a stone sculptor, he has since expanded his interests into painting and building scenographic works. To refuel his energy, he playfully creates collages as well.