Blair Robbins -- Artist  

Wire & Shadow Painting   Sculpture


Blair Robbins with wire and shadow sculpture

Wire & Shadow

Artist's Statement


Blair Robbins

Sculptor of Wire & Shadow


To me, wire is magical!  It bridges two loves -- sculpture and shadow.  I am fascinated by the interplay of 2-D and 3-D that I can achieve with wire.  Taking a wire strand or 'line', I draw in space to create a sculpture.  When a work is nearly complete, I observe its wall shadow and refine the dialogue between the 2-D and 3-D elements.  I love the gestural nature of the shadow and the fact that it can be of any size. During the creative process, I constantly pull from sensibilities gained through working in diverse media throughout my life.   



Today, the focus of my work is capturing character through contemporary portraiture.  Faces, be they human or animal, fascinate me.  A face is ever changing not only in expression but also in time as it ages.  Character is not one expression, but a collage of changing expressions that non-verbally project a sense of one's persona.  Wire enables me to capture the character of my subject in unique ways.  The shadow changes expression as the viewer changes point-of-view and can be much larger than life.  I call these creations 'wire personalities'.  



My works in wire represent the culmination of sensibilities gained from my experience with varied media, including figurative drawing and sculpture, mixed media painting, basketry, photography, cinematography, and video art.  When I work with wire, I am constantly analyzing my subject in terms of line, shape, form, texture and movement, as I explore ways beyond surface to capture emotion and character.  



Wire sculpture defies the basic assumption that sculpture has mass!  I can add and subtract during the creative process, but I cannot feel the empty space.  Wire can poke, puncture and draw blood!  My creative process involves careful and deliberate decisions because wire will snap if bent too many times.  I fuse the intangible threads of movement and character with the more tangible threads of line, shape, form and texture to create each wire personality.  It is the analysis and merging of these tangible and intangible threads that are at the core of my creative process.  Inherent in each piece is an abstracted collage of my subject giving my work strong presence.   My desire is to engage viewers with innovative works that spark their curiosity to think beyond object and to connect with its presence.

Michael Jackson