Castle & Estate Artist-in-Residence Project
Belvoir "3Rs: Reclaimed, Recycled, Raw" Sculpture Trail
Sculpture Symposium 2011
Robbie Scandrett "Rothko's Vein"
Selected by a panel of jurors (from which organiser Laury Dizengremel abstained her vote to avoid a conflict of interest), artist Robbie Scandrett participated in the 3Rs sculpture symposium in the UK which took place during the Spring of 2011 in Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir. His was the entry that attracted the second highest score from the panel.
An actor as well as a painter, Robbie decided to focus on creating a sculpture installation that would have both dramatic and painterly elements, inspired by the works of Rothko. The powerful result is "Rothko's Vein", shaped from two majestic tree sections donated by the Duke and Duchess of Rutland from the Belvoir Castle wood operation.
photo credit: Zita Tatrai www.zitaphotos.co.uk
Dominating one of the hollows off the towpath along the Grantham Canal between the Woolsthorpe lock and Stenwith bridges (approx. midway), this installation was a challenge since the site was covered in knee-high nettles....
Robbie's artist statement for the piece: "If I am being pretentious I would say this is Rothko's vein. The red serves my attempt at the visceral and translucent colours that he achieved. If legend is to be believed he wrote poetry with his blood on canvas before painting his most iconic works over the top. My canvas here is a contorted oak tree and a smooth slick sycamore, reminiscent of ripped tendons, muscles or veins. There is an uncomfortable drama about this piece, something that can stand bold in the landscape."
The 3Rs: Reclaimed, Recycled, Raw Sculpture Trail is an artist-led initiative by sculptor Laury Dizengremel, who garnered the support of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland at Belvoir Castle and received for the project a major donation from Christie's auction house (European office).
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