Artist’s hair and brass
Unique multiple of 23
½ x ½ x 5 inches approx.
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.
Paint Brush is a simple handle of brass with bristles made from Robinson’s hair. In their material vocabulary, Robinson emphasizes the composition of brass as a mixture of copper and zinc. Copper and zinc are two trace elements that must work in tandem in the body for proper internal function. For Robinson, this alloy is a conceptual reminder of balance. The tool remains unused, left as a relic of accumulated personal history in the form of the hair bristles, while holding the potential for future mark-making.
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.