Egg (Sphere), Egg (Cube), Egg (Pyramid)
Plaster and pigment*
Egg (Sphere), Egg (Cube): 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches
Egg (Pyramid): 3 x 3 x 3 inches
*pigment color varies
Miller Robinson’s sculptures exist as narrative artifacts of ritualistic encounters and experiences that elicit storytelling. Robinson understands their objects as “tools,” rooted in the understanding that hands were—and continue to be—fundamental in furthering human evolution. Robinson’s objects are familiar, yet each tool’s anatomy derives its meaning from a private world created through merging personal metaphors of materials with biological functions that question our position on the planet and beyond. Like much of science fiction, Robinson’s work uses the past to imagine a future. By disrupting common understandings of materials, objects, bodies, and the experiences associated with them, Robinson creates a space in which their work is a tool for growth and adaptation.
Robinson’s Eggs are fundamental forms made of eggshell-thin plaster. Hidden within each Egg are brightly colored pigments with highly concentrated amounts of the same trace elements that are essential to our bodies. Their simple form gives no indication of their properties or internal makings. Their small size elicits handling, but their fragility quickly gives way to transformation. During Robinson’s show at the Southwest Museum, uninformed and unprompted visitors followed this trajectory: breaking many of the eggs and in turn reshaping the exhibition. Not only do these Eggs bring into question authorship and unwarranted interaction within an exhibition setting, but they also highlight the level of care needed to preserve this type of object. Whether the sculpture remains whole or is shattered is left up to you, time, and/or curiosity to decide.
Miller Robinson is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. Their work has been exhibited in Los Angeles at the Southwest Museum, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Heritage Square Museum, Ben Maltz Gallery, and with Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), as well as HORESEANDPONY Fine Arts in Berlin amongst others. Miller received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2014.
See Miller Robinson's book Tomorrow Is Yesterday's Flower.