Aurora Robson, Kamilo, 2011. Plastic marine debris, 48 x 48 x 55 in.

Aurora Robson

Charlotte, North Carolina

McColl Center for Art + Innovation

Aurora Robson grew up in a family on the run. Early in her career, she made paintings that mapped her childhood nightmares, endeavoring to remake them into dreams. Now, she works with a global nightmare of a material—plastic. Robson was first motivated to work with salvaged material after learning about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. She has an oddly personal attachment to her plastic flotsam, anthropomorphizing it in numerous ways, including ritualistic cleaning, a process that seems akin to biblical footwashing. Therein lies the beauty, profundity, and intoxicating WTF-ness of her creative practice. Working with numerous collaborators—among them students in the “Sculpture and Intercepting the Waste Stream” class that she teaches on various campuses; members of Project Vortex, the international collaborative that she founded…see the entire review in the print version of May’s Sculpture magazine.