Images courtesy of the artist, Sarah Robson.
Top: Felt Proposition #1, 2018.
Acrylic paint on industrial felt, 140 x 150 cm
Bottom: Felt Proposition, 2018.
Acrylic paint on industrial felt, 95 x 160 cm
Sarah Robson has been a practicing artist for the last three decades, exhibiting in Australia and Germany. Her practice has evolved from non-representational painting into geometric, three- dimensional works—formally reductive, constructive and non-objective—a post-minimalist practice encompassing both two-dimensional, three-dimensional and time-based works.
Sarah Robson employs the series as a method of enquiry into the correlation of concrete elements, abstract concepts, the temporal and the experiential. She is currently undertaking a PHD at RMIT, Melbourne to continue her investigations into the interrelationships of these factors. Systems Theory has provided the opportunity to recontextualise her understanding of materials, boundaries, the spatial, and the temporal—questioning the very notion of independence. This investigation continues to direct her practice/research and aims to challenge the autonomy of the ‘specific,’ non-objective artwork, in order to reposition it and the artistic process in a relational construct. Her most recent body of work employs industrial felt and string to construct a vocabulary of forms that do not have a fixed mode of display. These ‘open’ works replace fixity with a dynamic and evolving ‘site of enquiry’, exploring the tension between ‘structure’ and ‘event’ through their contingent nature. These ‘provisional’ works question the role of material, object-based artworks in a digitised world that privileges one sense over another and suffers the dire consequences of over consumption.
Sarah Robson has an extensive exhibition history and has been awarded several major public commissions. She is represented in public and private collections in Australia, Europe and America. She recently completed a Master of Cross-Disciplinary Art & Design in 2013 and a Master of Philosophy in 2015, researching creativity and the creative processes of artists. In 2017 she was awarded a Research Scholarship to undertake a PHD at RMIT University.