Aurora Robson Portrait

Aurora Robson

Aurora Robson is a Toronto born painter and sculptor. She moved to Hawaii at a young age and later settled in New York, where she now lives and works. Robson’s practice centres around images of nightmarish “blobs” that she used to dream about as a child. She transforms this insidious material into intricate and visually appealing sculptures and helps to remove plastics from the waste stream at the same time. Her aim is to draw attention to the seriousness of plastic waste in the environment through her art and socially engaged projects.

After doing more research into waste plastics, Robson was inspired to share her methods with others and soon started Project Vortex, an online hub for artists and designers all over the world who use waste materials in their work. It functions as a marketing and educational tool, with links to all associated artists and designers websites and NGOs that work towards a more healthy environment. A portion of artwork sales made through the Project Vortex site are directed to programs geared towards environmental cleanup projects.

She also started Project Vortex University and Sculpture & Intercepting the Waste Stream: programs designed for teachers to bring waste plastic art into their classrooms to encourage more environmentally focussed art practices. Robson has run these courses in Central Piedmont Community College and Mary Baldwin Community College, with both culminating in a silent auction of the student’s work.

Ona, 2014, 48" x 46" x 40" plastic debris (PET + HDPE), aluminum rivets, tinted polycrylic + mica powder

Ona, 2014, 48″ x 46″ x 40″ plastic debris (PET + HDPE), aluminum rivets, tinted polycrylic + mica powder

Hotrodicus Symbioticus, 2014, 44" x 42" x 29", plastic debris (PET), aluminum rivets, tinted polycrylic + mica powder

Hotrodicus Symbioticus, 2014, 44″ x 42″ x 29″, plastic debris (PET), aluminum rivets, tinted polycrylic + mica powder

Updroplet, 2012, 30" x 24" x 24", plastic debris (PET), rivets, tinted polycrylic + mica powder

Updroplet, 2012, 30″ x 24″ x 24″, plastic debris (PET), rivets, tinted polycrylic + mica powder

For more on Aurora Robson and her work, follow this link.

To hear her speak quite passionately about her practice and message, watch her 2013 TED talk below.

All images belong to the artist and I take no credit for them.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Aurora for her time and effort regarding my thesis and research.

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