Asha Robertsonís devotion to the arts began at her roots. Her Father a sculptor and Mother a painter, introduced art as an integral part of life. Robertsonís formative years were spent growing up on both Salt Spring Island and in Halifax. Robersonís formal education began with a four-year mentorship under professional artist and sculptor Kathy Venter. This mentorship provided a strong background in the unique language of sculpture. This in turn brought her to the Art Institute of Chicago, and then to the Alberta College of Art and design where majoring in sculpture Robertson explored a very interdisciplinary practice opening her eyes to expressing the three dimensional through form and material. In 2003 she completed a Bachelor of fine arts.
In her work, Robertson explores both the two and three-dimensional. Her paintings are landscape derived exploring texture and medium referring back to her sculptural training. Asha has an interdisciplinary approach to her sculpture. Some of her work appears to be excavated from the landscape. A few of the materials that make up her work are, wood, metal, encaustics, and ceramics. Robertsonís approach is thematic in that she produces small series that resolve a particular concern. Robertsonís work explores themes of collective memory, time travel, human impact on the land and natureís ability to reclaim.
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