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Robbii, "Monarch" 20" x 20" x 5"
tiger nautilus shell, German candelabra, misc.
brass hardware, flywheel, wooden crate

Robbii:

"I have been collecting stray bits and pieces of interesting objects for years. Not having anything in particular to do with them, they just lived with me. Since 2007 I started to give these stray objects a home and I called them Foundlings. With artificial mechanim, parts of unknown objects and natural elements, they speak of some unknown purpose or history. Each is its own kind of suggestive dialog. To date, I have created over 100 pieces."

"I take a very methodical approach to creating my assemblages. Found objects are arranged in a formal style following in the tradition of such artists as Joseph Cornell and Louise Nevelson. Balance, composition and texture are integral elements of my work that act as a means to explore the redemptive qualities of discarded material. Ultimately, in contrast to their humble origins, these assemblages transcend the found quality of their individual parts to become shrine-like objects of beauty."

Robbii, "Suzy's Child," 6" x 12" x 4"
teak screen, latch, plaster head, candlestick holders,
wooden type, misc. brass

 

Robbii's 'ingredients' are as diverse as they are individually interesting: a nautilus shell, German candelabra, sea urchin shell, gears, clock parts, teak screen, plaster head, candlestick holders, wooden type, abalone, metal grill, specimen tray, bird eggs, even an ice cream scoop. These components are combined in a kind of sculptural collage, an aesthetically driven object that is refined by a trained sensibility and sensitive eye. Robbii constructs his Foundlings as an engineer would; they are sturdy and self-contained objects that once finished are greater than the sum of their individual parts. They become something else entirely, their individual components still recognizable but with a kind of new life breathed into them.

Robbii, "Outside In," 6" x 6" x 4"
sea urchin shell, brass frame parts, brass hardware, gear

 

More of Robbii's Foundlings can be found at:

 

http://collierwest.com/collections/fine-art-robbii-wessen

abalone assemblage bird eggs candelabra candlestick discarded material finial flywheel found object foundlings ice cream scoop incredients joseph cornell louise nevelson nautilus plaster porcelain robbii robbii wessen sculpture specimen tray wooden crate

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