Biography

"I claim to be a struggling veteran but it has nothing to do with war or politics. It is about survival as an artist. The “nine wasted years”, state capture, corruption and resultant economic climate have made us all poorer. Bureaucracy (for my permits) and ill health has played their part and the hackers and thieves are not making it any easier for me. My website has been hacked twice! Abandoned for some time it has now been resurrected for the third time. To boot, I am well, my permits are in order and we have a new president. Aleuta Continua!" - Carl Roberts

With sculptures that are emblematic of a chaotic and magical inception, Carl Roberts embraces his fraught and haphazard personal history that influences his art. While often at the hands of forces beyond his control and jumping from job to job in search of identity, Roberts let his hands do the creating, finding meaning in the symbols and irrational shapes after they had been created.

A conduit of the subconscious, Carl Roberts has a way of letting the collective unconscious guide his work. He credits himself as an ‘automatic artist’ allowing the thoughts and themes attributed to his work to come through after their creation. As a result, his work is often seen as surrealist, irrational and dream-like. Whether it be in wood, stone or bone, Roberts’ visual texts are ambiguous and undefined stories to be teased out by whomever is observing them. During his formative years, Roberts was often unsettled, dealing with deaths, divorces and disruptions nearly every year when growing up. He managed to channel this chaotic energy into sculpture: a truly creative outlet for all of the destructive energy swirling through his life. Since 1995 he has become a full-time sculptor using any material that he can salvage to create his surrealist juxtapositions.

Exhibitions

Winter Group Show

Winter Group Show

The Melrose Gallery, Johannesburg
10 Jul 2019
Stable 2017

Stable 2017

The Melrose Gallery, Johannesburg
13 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2018

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