Ben Terakes was born in Sydney, Australia. To date, his practice includes painting, embroidery, performance, and most recently, sculpture and installation. To describe his work as generally ‘erotic’ seems an uncomfortable fit. Lustful, perhaps, is closer to the mark, but even that sounds too literary, too ‘adult’. It is about sex, at its most superficial, teenage, fickle. It is this fickleness, of both theme and medium that has been brought to the fore in his most recent work.
In 2010 he completed a Masters of Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts. He has exhibited extensively in Sydney, interstate and abroad, including solo shows at Alaska Projects, Locksmith Project Space, and Mori Gallery; and group shows at CAST, Tasmania and Spielraum, Berlin. His work has been included in programs such as Peloton’s Performance Month, and the Museum of Contemporary Art’s inaugural ARTBAR, curated by Australian artist Justene Williams. Terakes currently lives and works in Sydney.