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Liz Robb

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Juncture of North Atlantic & Arctic Oceans, 2015 Icelandic Wool, Metallic 58 X 65 X 1 Inches © Andria Lo
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Juncture of North Atlantic & Arctic Oceans, 2015 Icelandic Wool, Metallic 65" X 58" © Andria Lo
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Huldufólk III , 2015 Icelandic Wool, Reeds 60 X 20 X 20 Inches © Abby Martell
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Icelandic Lava Field, 2015 Icelandic Wool 58 X 16 X 3 Inches © Andria Lo
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Icelandic Lava Field (detail), 2015 Icelandic Wool © Andria Lo
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Icelandic Snowscape, 2015 Icelandic Wool 58 X 14 X 4 Inches © Andria Lo
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Icelandic Snowscape (detail), 2015 © Andria Lo
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Sauðfé, 2015 Icelandic Wool, Wood 80 X 36 X 5 Inches © Andria Lo
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Sauðfé (detail), 2015 Icelandic Wool, Wood © Andria Lo
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Sauðfé (detail), 2015 Icelandic Wool, Wood © Andria Lo
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Torfbærinn, 2015 Icelandic Wool, Cotton Threads 80 X 32 X 4 Inches © Andria Lo
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Torfbærinn (detail), 2015 Icelandic Wool, Cotton Threads © Andria Lo
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Réttir, 2015 Icelandic Wool 62 X 46 X 8 Inches © Andria Lo
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Réttir (detail), 2015 Icelandic Wool © Andria Lo
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Icelandic Snowscape, 2015 Icelandic Wool © Abby Martell
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Icelandic Snowscape (detail), 2015 Icelandic Wool © Abby Martell
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Indigo Square, 2014 Merino, Indigo 76" X 44" X 4" Inches © Maria Minnelli
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Linen Paper Weaving, 2014 Linen, Pine, Beeswax 16" X 20" © Maria Minnelli
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Indigo Cotton Roving, 2013 Cotton, Indigo, Wood 4' X 4', Dimensions Variable © Maria Minnelli
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Painted Weaving, 2014 Cotton, Jute, Plaster, Acrylic 36" X 72" © Maria Minnelli
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Indigo Weaving, 2013 Linen, Indigo Paper, Acrylic 12" X 16" © Maria Minnelli
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Indigo Coil, 2014 Cotton, Indigo 2' X 6', Dimensions Variable © Maria Minnelli
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Impressed Weaving, 2014 Beeswax, Pigment, Thread, Wood 5" X 7" © Maria Minnelli
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Cotton Tassel, 2014 Cotton, Indigo 5" X 72" © Maria Minnelli
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Square, 2014 Linen, Merino 16" X 20" © Maria Minnelli
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Indigo Duel, 2014 Merino, Indigo 36" X 76" © Maria Minnelli
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Shag, 2013 Merino, Jute 16" X 30" © Maria Minnelli
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Rubber Grid, 2013 Rubber, Oil Paint, Plastic 5" X 5" © Maria Minnelli
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Stamped Grid, 2013 Linen, Rubber, Indigo Paper, Metallic 5" X 5" © Maria Minnelli
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Wrapped Indigo Painting I- IV, 2014 Linen, Merino, Indigo 15" X 17" Each © Maria Minnelli
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9 Circles, 2015 Indigo, Cotton, Jute, Paint 12" Diameter Each, Dimensions Variable © Liz Robb
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Bleachout, 2015 Cotton, Indigo, Bleach 48" X 72" © Liz Robb
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Abacus, 2015 Cotton, Wood 18" X 80" © Liz Robb
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Indigo Landscapes, 2015 Paper, Indigo 12" X 72" Each © Liz Robb
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Painter's Brush, 2015 Linen, Merino 15" X 15" © Liz Robb
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Painted & In Knots, 2015 Cotton, Indigo, Paint 24" X 78" © Liz Robb
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Sister I, 2015 Cotton, Merino, Copper 24" X 48" © Liz Robb
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Sister II, 2015 Cotton, Merino 24" X 48" © Liz Robb
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Sunset, 2015 Cotton, Copper 60" X 48" © Liz Robb
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Fringe Color Study, Warm & Cool, 2014 Jute, Encaustic 30" X 38" © Liz Robb
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Deconstructed Painting, 2015 Jute, Merino, Indigo 16" X 20" © Liz Robb
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Huldufólk III , 2015 Icelandic Wool, Reeds 60" X 20" © Abby Martell
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Sauðfé, 2015 Icelandic Wool, Wood 36 X 80 Inches © Andria Lo
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Desert Aura II, 2016 Cotton Threads, Paint, Resin 9 X 12 Inches © Liz Robb
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Exposed Framework, Morning & Evening, 2016 Cotton, Indigo, Acrylic 24 X 72 Inches Each © Liz Robb
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Deconstructed Cholla, 2016 Linen 8 W X 6 H Inches, Dimensions Variable © Liz Robb
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Inselberg, 2016 Cotton, Spray Paint 9 W X 14 H X 7 D Inches © Liz Robb
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Cincinnati, OH
Birth year
1985
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco
Schools
University of Cincinnati, DAAP, 2008, BFA Fashion Design
Savannah College of Art and Design, 2014, MFA Fibers
Statement

Bio

Liz Robb’s art practice focuses on soft sculpture.  Based in San Francisco, she works sculpturally to create textured surfaces & forms with natural materials such as wool, cotton, jute, & indigo.

She completed her BFA in Fashion Design at the University of Cincinnati and her MFA in Fibers at the Savannah College of Art & Design.  Robb has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, and has most recently completed a residency at Pocoapoco in Oaxaca de Juárez, México.

Avant-garde art aficionados of a certain (i.e., advanced) age will remember when the soft sculpture of Claes Oldenburg was the newest outrage against the cultural norm of traditional art materials.  A decade later, women’s craft techniques and feminist criticism invaded male bastions of culture.  Nowadays, sewn sculpture is no longer seen as a challenge to aesthetic gravitas or paternalistic authority, so Liz Robb’s new work in fiber, aligned with a postminimalist interest in process, can be rightly appreciated on its own terms.

         -Recommendation by DeWitt Cheng

Artist Statement

I work sculpturally to capture a moment in time using active processes that become meditations: indigo dyeing, weaving, wrapping, compressing, structuring, ordering, and releasing. The repetition of these acts fosters a connection between the subconscious mind and the body, and these full body rhythmic movements allow my stream of consciousness to expand on certain conceptual ideas and develop more thoughtful conclusions.  

My work is on the continuum of dialogue between the grid and its manifestations as form, content, and medium through threads, weaving, and painting.  I utilize the power of the materials to construct architectural frames from which to build weighted objects in space.  Localized patterns of organization translate unique spatial and physical relationships between the viewer and the sculptures.  Parts of a sculpture can be compact and highly detailed, whereas others are unraveled and cascade onto the floor. Many can be installed in multiple configurations, hung from the wall or ceiling, allowing for multiple vantage points for the viewer to engage with two or three structural planes.  I respond to the inherent energy of the materials and how they interact and form my decisions, balancing the tension between my control and relinquishment of control through the process. 

Experiencing the work reveals the materiality and inherent makeup of the natural fibers like cotton, jute, and wool.  Washes of indigo blues and bright pinks highlight the texture and dimensionality of a pebbled knot or stitch and transform a canvassed piece at large.  The visceral experience of the work conveys a message of beauty and form that exemplifies my interpretation of the grid.

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