YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- An artist who makes art out of trash visited with students recently at Fox Meadow Middle/High School.
Aurora Robson talked about her art created from trash or what she refers to as “displaced abundance.”
She will return later this year to lead the students in making their own art from discarded materials.
A Canadian born artist who has lived in New York for more than 20 years, Robson works primarily with discarded plastic, cutting it, shaping it and painting it.
The end result is sculpture that is graceful, dynamic and in many cases evocative of sea life.
Her visit to the art class of Michael Mueller carried a message of environmental conservation and her personal story.
“I went to an alternative high school like you,” Robson told the students. “With the cards I was handed, I should have been dead in a gutter. Instead, I am standing in front of you," she told the students.
“People are wasting all this stuff that has untapped potential just like I bet some of you have untapped potential.”
Robson's art has been on the cover of magazines and exhibited in museums, as well as been commissioned by cities and corporations.
“My work is largely about transforming something negative into something positive,” said Robson.
“People don’t care about trash or see value in it, so I take the time to care about it in every aspect. I try to reveal its hidden potential.”