The Tribal Carvings of Robyn Gordon
When I first came across Robyn Gordon’s carved figures, I had that “ahh” reaction. Here was something that spoke to me and drew me in. So interesting are each of her carvings, with found objects that she searches for in flea markets, second hand store and from nature around her, that each one demands more than a casual glance.
My father was a printer and many times I helped set type. Robyn’s niches for her “finds” remind me of the boxes that held the type. Maybe that is one of the reasons I was so drawn to her artwork.
Her use of found objects is intrinsic to the completeness of some of her figures. It is as if she is gathering the history of a culture and proving that nothing is ever lost, that each piece of history creates the whole.
Robyn lives in South Africa and is influenced by African tribal art and tribal art from around the world. She began carving by lamp light with her mother when she was about 8 years of age. Her family had no electricity and no television. She has a passion that can be seen in her work and a peace that she captures and sends on to the viewer.
There are her peaceful angels.
Then she has that quirky bit of humor that I like to think I share.
Her crazy colorful woman Sawabona, is magic. Makes me laugh.
And Barbie and the Woodpecker is priceless.
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