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Andrew C Robinson

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My work includes ceramic and mixed media sculptural assemblage. Simultaneously playful and meticulously crafted, the forms explore forgotten histories and folklore through objects that evoke ritual and recollection.

The work I do plays with imagined histories of disappeared ancestors. The objects often intertwine recognizable fragments, like an heirloom that is anachronistic, distorted and obscured like memory. In each piece I begin with a patchwork of elements that may include ceramic, text, fabric, embroidery, twine, rubber, paper, etc. The work is layered with material to build a new narrative construction from the juxtaposition and history of the elements. The resulting queer things are not easily defined. Using techniques of fragmentation, splicing, and re-contextualization, the work is open-ended. Objects are often cobbled together creating awkward juxtapositions of form and meaning. These objects are simultaneously hiding, emerging and revealing symbols, stories and abstraction. I am interested in cultivating this space between personal and social memory and visual abstractions. For me memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but instead it is a medium that provides a foundation to dig deeper in an effort to abstract both form and new cultural mythologies.

Born Camden, New Jersey. I was apprenticed to a potter from the age of ten to eighteen and then studied sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. I received a MFA in studio art from the School of Visual Arts. I teach as a member of the faculty at Parsons School of Design. I live and work in New York City.


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