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Andrew Cornell Robinson is an artist and interdisciplinary maker whose work is on the cusp of design, sculpture and craft. He creates ceramic, sculpture and mixed media objects and images with a rich attention to materiality and narrative. His assemblages and works on paper examine the revisionist lens of memory inorder to tell the stories of the other, the queer and peculiar. He creates, performs and photographs artifacts comprised of drawings, prints, and sculpture staged in theatrical environments. In carefully researching and creating rich narratives and personae represented by a network of images and objects, Robinson aims to engage the ways we understand historical memory and our place in it.
"Hidden narratives have always been important to me in creating visual art. Narrative structures and devices inform my visual thinking and have led to an underlying system designed to create visual as well as conceptual connections between the artifacts that I create.
Recently I have become interested in coded languages such as Polari, an innuendo fueled English slang language used primarily (although not exclusively) by gay men in the United Kingdom between the 1920's and the 1970's although it's history and etymology can be traced further into the past. It fell out of use after the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in England and Wales in 1967. This 'lost language of gay men' served simultaneously as disguise and identification, when mere existence in the United Kingdom and beyond was punishable with imprisonment and public disgrace. Polari was a form of resistance, a way of queering language, and the expression of a shared culture and identity. Transforming craft materials, artifacts and narratives by speaking through codes and abstraction underlines some of themes within my work."