Previously working under his chosen name, NEBNIKRO, multi-disciplinary artist Ben Orkin has begun to establish his practice as a sculptor in South Africa. Resulting from the inversion of Orkin’s own name, NEBNIKRO allowed for the fluidity of identity, categorization, concept, and form. His practice is a means of moving away from expectations derived from traditional thinking and is a step towards defining his own identity.
Orkin is currently completing his BA Fine Arts at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Using photography, bead-work, ceramics and sculpture, Orkin’s practice is informed by the human form as it evolves through the experience of both spatial and inter-personal relationships.
In 2018, Orkin won best new talent at the 100% Design fair, South Africa and had his first solo exhibition last year.