Robert M. Hopkins

Robert M. Hopkins


Process-Work Series

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Artist Statement 

Process-Work is an experimental body of work that explores alternative methods of "pigmenting" washed, raw canvas. In focusing on "process" approaches to making art, I initially began with the process of decomposition. By wrapping and unwrapping wet canvas around perishable food, such as fruits and vegetables, I was able to systematically transfer stains from decomposition onto raw canvas. In turn, this lead to more novel ways of staining raw canvas — such as scrubbing cooking grease, and absorbing motor oil drips.

Conceptually, I am interested in how using a "process" approach — either by decomposition, scrubbing or absorbing — is able to imbue the work with a shroud-like pathos. Over time, I mounted the process-stained canvases onto more prominent, sculptural supports — allowing for a more corporeal integration of form and meaning, and contemplation from the viewer.

Robert M. Hopkins

Related Links:

1. Decomposition - Wikipedia

2. Composting At Home | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle | US EPA

3. Climate Change: Termites, Fungi Play More Important Role In Decomposition Than Temperature.

Science Links

1. Increased vegetation in the Arctic region may counteract global warming ... 

2. More grasslands in Tibet could bring climate improvements -- ScienceDaily

Creativity Links:

1. Article 510- Reversals and Decomposition