Chartiers Valley has an impressively good art program, and it’s no wonder that the talent at the high school has spread beyond the walls of the building. Benjamin Bratetich, a senior at Chartiers Valley, is one of these talents, and his work is being made public and sold in a few places. He specializes in pieces made of wire, which he primarily uses to construct animal shapes. It’s definitely an interesting subject, so I took it upon myself to get an interview with Mr. Bratetich.
When asked about the origin of his unique approach to art, Ben shared that it was initially going to be a glue sculpture, but it didn’t go as planned. “I used wire as a base, framing, for the arms, legs, and body, so I decided to try out using wire for the entirety of the thing.” He went on to state that there was no specific reason for each animal he does, and it’s completely arbitrary.
“How long does it take you to make one?” I asked. I was surprised to hear that a bigger piece would only take a week and a half, and if he worked nonstop, as little as twelve hours. Also noteworthy is that he occasionally uses other materials for his works, such as wood for teeth and marbles for eyes of the animals.
Ben was featured in the Pittsburgh Wings & Wildlife Art Show at the aviary, impressively being the youngest present artist of almost fifty. There, he sold some of his more expensive pieces and made $700 by the end. He also has an Etsy shop you can support at the following link: https://www.etsy.com/people/bajthree1
It definitely looks like Chartiers Valley has some great talent in attendance, and though only one of many examples, Ben is surely going to have a bright future in his art career.