Robyn Gibson "Collector"
Robyn Gibson "Collector" 2020
Ceramic Stoneware Vessel Sculpture with Black Terra Sigillata
Dimensions 12.5 x 13.5 x 7.5in
Signed on verso, includes certificate of authenticity.
Robyn Gibson is an emerging artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Louisville in 2014, earning a BFA in Painting and a BSBA in Marketing. In 2018 she graduated with an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Since receiving her MFA, Gibson has been developing her multidimensional art practice. She recently finished a seven month residency at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
In 2016 Gibson started boxing and was inspired to incorporate it into her artwork. Her larger-than-life-sized bold, gestural charcoal figures on canvas present a lyrical style meant to pack a punch. Her ceramic vessels embody voluptuous curves inspired by her own figure. Her recent works inspired by her boxing practice convey a movement and force that has become integral to her work and signature style. Gibson claims ownership of her environment (both metaphorically and physically) through the act of taking up space and employing physical gestures. As a black artist focused on self-portraiture and the exploration of her own trauma, Gibson grapples with themes of black identity, the depiction, perception and value of black bodies, and what it means to be authentic.
About the artwork:
"Collector is a ceramic stoneware vessel I created as an extension of myself. I look at all of the vessels I create in this way. When making a vessel, I create a round form and build up. Originally I had intended to make this one something with two tiers, but I changed my mind as I got to the neck. The body of the piece just seemed complete, although still a bit plain. I added the more ornate handles that brought it together. While each piece is still a bit wet, I coat the surface with black terra sigillata and carve figures into it. I burnish it after it dries just a bit more, and fire twice. The first firing is to bisqueware. The piece is fired at a higher temperature the second time to create the jet black, matte, smooth surface."
Learn more about her artwork and exhibitions on our website.