Benni Fish works with several dry and wet mediums. Mechanical elements are worked into the surface using a dip pen and ink. Other mediums include acrylic, charcoal, graphite, Conté à Paris and pastel. Benni often works on plywood for its durability, aesthetics, and its capability for sharp, accurate detail.
Benni’s work addresses the exacerbation of alienation in contemporary society by technology. Society prioritises economic gain through technology and subverts the individual to do so. We are reduced to cogs in a machine, trapped in Weber’s ‘Iron Cage’. ‘Specialist without spirit, sensualist without heart; this nullity imagines that it has attained a level of humanity never before achieved.’ (Weber, 1905).
Technology bolsters our culture of aggression, domination, and control… over nature and one another… through technological aggression. Increasingly we depend on technology, and it is a part of what it means to exist in contemporary society. ‘Technology is inexorably heading in the direction of transhumanism- cybernetic augmentation, genetic modification etc… what it even means to be you in the modern world is the combination of your abilities and your phone’ (West, 2017).
We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent, and all will be lost….