Recycled Plastic Couture
Interview with Principia College English Department for Soap Bubble Set.
by Purva Chawla
"...the most striking thing about Aurora's work and approach is the cascading effect it had had on other artists and education in the arts."
"Robson opens our eyes to unexpected artwork and gives us a taste of how one may transform purposeless residue into meaningful creations."
"Recognizing that the materials used in these sculptures were taken from the flotsam and jetsam of our waste, the results are astounding."
BBC The Forum: Plasticity(Audio)
"...Therein lies the beauty, profundity, and intoxicating WTF-ness of her creative practice."
"...for Canadian artist Aurora Robson, it's the perfect medium."
Scholastic Issues 21
"...Her work raises awareness about the huge amounts of waste that end up in landfills and the world's oceans. "
"...a Canadian-born artist who uses waste materials, much of it hazardous, to create large, modern pieces of art."
"...For artist Aurora Robson, art is a dialogue. While many are attracted to her work simply for it's beauty and grace, a much deeper conversation is taking place."
150,000 PET Bottles
"...During this time, around 80,000 PET Bottles went through her hands and easily 100,000 caps."
The Charlotte Observer
"In the resulting work, you don’t see the awfulness of plastic pollution; instead, you see enchanting objects."
"...For her multi-media installations, she gives materials a significant role in addressing issues related to both human consciousness and the environment."
"Robson...Artist. Teacher. Thought leader. She offers, 'It's the purpose of the artist to be a visiounary. I try to visualize a habitable future and see things in new ways that might be relevant and uplifting to others."
National Geographic ASPIRE Textbook
"...The resulting sculptures are fascinating and unique. She has used a similar approach to junk mail- making art objects out of things we'd rather throw away."
"Robson creates environments completely constructed of waste stream synthetics that otherwise end up in 'The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.'"
A Canadian Perspective "... Aurora Robson created this walk-in exhibit called The Great Indoors from 15,000 plastic bottles. Much of her art gives new purpose to recycled plastics, packaging materials, and junk mail."
"...Anything written about Aurora Robson will tell you she is a artist committed to interrupting the waste stream, which makers her a natural fit to show at the conservatory."
"...the creation of something positive from the inherent negativity of waste, and the reaction of surprise the materials inevitably draw from the observer, are the key factors in what she does."
Francis Di Tommaso
"...these forms in endless variety-first sketched and inked in delicate hues, then overlaid with collage-she strives to subvert the intent of junk mail, transforming its waste into art..."
“While she’s starting this conversation about personal waste, she’s also turning out beautiful sculpture. Other artists who work in this theme can sometimes hit you over the head with their message.”
Issue No. 4
"We all went a little nuts when we learned that Aurora Robson’s hyaline sculptures are made entirely out of garbage. Aurora pieces demonstrate that sustainable art has a bright future to look forward to."
Green Building + Design
Lost and Found
Thalia A-M Bruehl
"Think about what you really need, what you really value, and how you want to be remembered."
Art + Antiques
Edward M. Gomez
"...subtle sense of humor may be found in the...attention to the details of color, suggested pattern and paper texture, of the printed credit-card solicitations and advertisements she receives in the mail."
Art in America
In the Studio:
Edward M. Gomez
"My studio is more like a refinery - an anti-factory.
I like the sense of community that comes
with this process."
The Great Indoors
writ large against a tranquil tableau of recycled materials, Aurora Robson makes the banal beautiful...."
Message in a Bottle
Steven K. Lee
sculptures elicit descriptions like "breathtaking" and "otherwordly," the pieces start as trash."