Inspiration: Aurora Robson

Dear Friends,

We often talk about other artists who are inspiring.  Aurora Robson is one of those artists that we have talked about and know that our readers would appreciate.  In this video, she explains how her work went from painting, to sculpture, to activism about plastics in our environment.  PLASTIC!  Yikes, we have to do something about this.  Perhaps awareness is the first step.  Americans produce and dispose of the most plastic on the planet.

Aurora, like so many artists, is creating work that invites conversation.

Tina attended her talk at the South Carolina Aquarium and saw her art at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in the exhibit “Sea Change”.  Aurora said during this talk that there is “misplaced abundance” with plastic.  Her call is to use this post-consumer plastic to build and invent.  We like her term “interrupting the waste stream”.  Otherwise, much of this plastic we are using ends up in our oceans, breaking down into smaller pieces (photo-degrade rather than bio-degrades), eaten by birds and sea life, which then spreads and enters into human’s bodies.  Sounds like karma!

Transformation is her theme in the work and we hope this video inspires you as much as it has for us.

Interested in how other artists are using plastics in their work?  Check out Project Vortex.  We have also provided links in this post if you want to read more about how Aurora is moving between art, science, and activism.

Enjoy this week with family and friends!Tina with her sixth grade students discussing Aurora’s installation at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

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