Robin Sullivan (b. 1992, London) creates works spanning artforms, from public programmes covering entire landscapes, to large scale ceramic firings, intimate sculptures, to expansive bodies of research. Robin’s unrestricted approach to art comes from their ability to trust in their process, discovering the best way to make physical a thought, feeling or story.
These pieces, presented for the first time by Mater, have been inspired by their decade long investigation of the prehistoric south west. For Robin they are a more intimate, poetic response, the result of a dialogue formed between the research, the materials and their own lived experience as a queer neurodiverse artist. Here is a collection of objects for the home, with a hint of something heavier afoot.
Robin Sullivan has delivered events, commissions and projects for and with English Heritage, Arts Council England, Royal College of Art, Future Foundry, Creative Civic Change, White Gold international Ceramic Festival, Cornwall Heritage Trust, RAMM, Aspex Gallery, Russell Coates Museum and Lokaal 01.
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Robin Sullivan, Domesticated Queer
Specially formulated china clay with industrial waste materials from the 70 km Winning and Working area of the China Clay landscape, Cornwall. Glazed with rocks collected from the 18c industrial mining waterways of the same area.
16x9cm , 2022 (Raku Fired, Not suitable for food). Specially formulated china clay with industrial waste materials from the 70 km Winning and Working area of the China Clay landscape, Cornwall. Glazed with rocks collected from the 18c industrial mining waterways of the same area.
"Thinking about my childhood, and where my fascination with rocks started, it was the magic of cracking them open, never knowing what was inside. But also about assimilation, and trying to understand how to live within a hetronormative society, to domesticate myself.
This series is a love letter to my childhood self, whilst mediating on new thoughts about queer ancient history and the way we instinctively collect, separate, and curate our domestic spaces."