Robert Marshall is a conceptual environmental artist. MA in fine art at Royal College of art 2018 – Essay: Distinction, is sculpture becoming ‘noisier’ in the information age? He is one of the most prolific artists from the southwest and continues to redefine topics of social and economic importance at the moment. It is the Artist’s belief, that there is a need now to not just look outwards when trying to protect the environment but also within. It is part of a series of works called ‘Portals’ that uses former front doors of houses as a symbolic entry into provoking thoughtfully considered re-evaluation by the viewer. This work is made using a reclaimed door which has been cut and turned inside out and outside in, again emphasising the need to reevaluate everyday life.
Reclaimed household material
Outside in & inside out
‘Outside In & Inside Out’ is my proposed work for Broomhill. It is part of a series of works called ‘Portals’ that uses former front doors of houses as a symbolic entry into provoking thoughtfully considered re-evaluation by the viewer. These sculptures are both monumental and memorial. They are fixed like tombstones to a solid hidden base and yet they also seem to float above the ground. From certain angles, the door seems closed and yet from other positions they can seem to be open and inviting. It is this ‘fluidity’ within the work that the artist hopes will strike up important conversations with the viewer on how we tackle environmental issues in an intelligent way.
Doors or doorways symbolize the transition and passageway from one place to another in religion, mythology, and literature. They are seen as concepts of freedom, liberation and escapism. Doors in dreams relate to a period of transition or change, a new stage, both positive and fearful.
Each door that is used in the artist’s work has been carefully chosen. All are used and reclaimed. All have been painted with used household paints from local dumps. All doors used are more than symbolic. The doors have history, they have had a life. They are soaked in memories and emotions. They invite and protect. They are portals that allow the outside in and the inside out. They allow you to re-evaluate the past, reassess the now and hopefully provide access to better futures.
Robert John Marshall MRSS. BSc. BA (Fine Arts). MA
2018 MA, INFORMATION EXPERIENCE DESIGN, ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART.
– ESSAY: DISTINCTION, IS SCULPTURE BECOMING ‘NOISIER’ IN THE INFORMATION AGE?
2016 BA (HONS) FINE ART, FIRST CLASS HONOURS, AUB, BOURNEMOUTH.
1987 BSC (HONS) SPORTS SCIENCE, LIVERPOOL POLYTECHNIC
Sept 21 Member of Royal Society of sculptors, MRSS
June 2022 ‘Portal’, Summer Show, Devon Sculpture Park (pending)
OCT 2014 ‘STONE WORKS GALLERY’, SWANAGE, DORSET
JULY 2020 LANDSCAPE INSTALLATIONS, CAPABILITY BROWN GARDENS, DEVON SCULPTURE PARK
DEC 2019 SELECTED WORKS: ROBERT ADAMS GALLERY, DEVON SCULPTURE PARK
DEC 2019 OPEN, UPTON COUNTRY HOUSE, DORSET, PRIZE WINNER
OCT 2019 the Quay, WAREHAM, DORSET
JUNE 2019 ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER SHOW, LONDON
JUNE 2018 ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART MA SHOW, WHITE CITY, LONDON
MARCH 2018 WIP, GARDEN HOUSE, WHITE CITY, LONDON
JAN 2018 ‘THE COLOUR OF WHITE CITY’, WHITE CITY, LONDON
MAY 2017 ‘OPEN SENSES FESTIVAL’, SPECTACLE – A PROPRIOCEPTIVE INVESTIGATION, TRAMPERY, EAST LONDON
NOV 2016 3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, ANIMAL COMPUTER INTERACTION, PIGEON VISION, MILTON KEYNES
NOV 2016 ‘STATE OF EMOTION, THE SENTIMENTAL MACHINE’, BERLIN
JULY 2016 ‘FREE RANGE’ – GROUP WINNERS – TRUMAN BREWERY, BRICK LANE, EAST LONDON.
JUNE 2016 ‘SALT’ – UNDERGRADUATE SHOW, ARTS UNIVERSITY BOURNEMOUTH
OCT 2015 ‘LINE & MASS’ – SIX, BOURNEMOUTH EMERGING ARTS FRINGE, MERYRICK HALL, BOURNEMOUTH
SEPT 2015 ‘SOMEONE & SOMETHING’ – ASPEX GALLERY, PORTSMOUTH
MAY 2015 PURBECK ARTS WEEK- STONEWORKS GALLERY, SWANAGE, DORSET
FEB 2015 ‘OCTAMAR’ – THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE, BOSCOMBE, BOURNEMOUTH.
MAY 2014 ‘IN MY SHOES’ – EXHIBITION WITH JAIOART, PURBECK ARTS WEEK, KINGSTON, DORSET
APRIL 2014 ‘RE- LEASE’ BOSCOMBE REGENERATION PROJECT, BOURNEMOUTH, DORSET
AUG 2012 ‘RED ORB SCULPTURE EXHIBITION’ – INVITED ARTIST, DORSET
OCT 2012 ‘MODIP EXHIBITION’ – WALLISDOWN, BOURNEMOUTH
AUG 2011 ‘RED ORB SCULPTURE EXHIBITION’ – INVITED ARTIST – DORSET
MAY 2008 MULBERRY TREE GALLERY – PURBECK ARTS WEEK, SWANAGE, DORSET
OCT 2007 ‘VIEW’ – POOLE LIGHTHOUSE, POOLE, DORSET, INVITED ARTIST
OCT 2006 ‘SENSES’ – POOLE LIGHTHOUSE, POOLE, DORSET, INVITED ARTIST
2009 TO PRESENT BESPOKE HAND-CARVED MEMORIAL STONES