Icon in Heels
I first imagined figures in tree trunks and was eventually able to realize them with gouges and files. And it was deeply satisfying. Yet I wanted more and “better”. And so I kept going, turning to the early modernists often for my fixes and inspiration. Then, later it was the cubists and especially Paleolithic and tribal art from southern Europe, Oceania, Africa and elsewhere. The diversity of human expression is amazing. The work can be a delicate charcoal and ochre rendering of a bison on a cave wall or an abstract hardwood figure with planes and simplified features from New Guinea. Twelve years ago I began to explore the possibilities of cast metal--aluminum, then bronze. I always circle back to wood though. I am pretty sure that art consciousness rides on continual neural rewiring. I like the idea that we reinvent “ourselves” every moment, a liberating metaphor for our work.
Robert's website is www.bobspies.com