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Liz Robb

January 9, 2016 to February 27, 2016

Artists:

Images:

Huldufólk III (black)
Réttir
Réttir (detail)
Sauðfé
Torfbærinn
Statement: 

I work sculpturally to capture a moment in time using active processes that become meditations: dyeing, weaving, wrapping, compressing, structuring, ordering, and releasing. The repetition of these acts fosters a connection between the subconscious mind and the body, and these full body rhythmic movements allow my stream of consciousness to expand on certain conceptual ideas and develop more thoughtful conclusions.

My work is on the continuum of dialogue between the grid and its manifestations as form, content, and medium through threads, weaving, and painting. I utilize the power of the materials to construct architectural frames from which to build weighted objects in space. Localized patterns of organization translate unique spatial and physical relationships between the viewer and the sculptures. Parts of a sculpture can be compact and highly detailed, whereas others are unraveled and cascade onto the floor. Many can be installed in multiple configurations, hung from the wall or ceiling, allowing for multiple vantage points for the viewer to engage with two or three structural planes. I respond to the inherent energy of the materials and how they interact and form my decisions, balancing the tension between my control and relinquishment of control through the process.

Experiencing the work reveals the materiality and inherent makeup of the natural fibers like wool, cotton, and reed. The beauty of the undyed greyscale of Icelandic materials highlight the texture and dimensionality of a pebbled knot or stitch and transform a canvassed piece at large. The visceral experience of the work conveys a message of beauty and form that exemplifies my interpretation of the grid.