Robert H. Redfearn

The root of my artistic practice is based in combining traditional craft skills with new technologies, and applying these materials and processes to a conceptual framing that evoke themes of futility, absurdity, and my own ideological reasoning. The intent of my work is ultimately to preserve the ethereal role of art and uphold its function as an aspect of humanity that transcends our survival instincts. This is reinforced by denying the utility of materials, working with ephemeral elements, addressing my own mortality, finding passages to preserve within the work, and subverting the high culture value of art with humor. This is why I often incorporate mechanisms or situations that demand presence and strain patience. I make art because I enjoy processing materials, and I take pride in making things that serve no practical function other than to exist as art objects or environments.