Robert Rustermier



           My intent as an artist is simply to satisfy my curiosity about things that interest me in the world in visual terms --  some specific affinity between colors, shapes and planes, a certain effect of light on form, a sound, a phenomena, a concept or idea … and to then submit this fascination to a process of investigation and exploration intended to discover relationships that may have importance to me in context.  It is this simple, direct, intuitive approach to substance, and an open, broad approach to form, process, material and method, and moreover a dedication to a process of examination toward subsequent realizations and possible choices and potential meanings that I find most liberating, most satisfying, and most useful.

Statement on the sculptural wax panels

           The “at 1/2 degree” body of work originated out of a desire to see the visual effect some semi-translucent material might have on a simple field of color when laid on that field in varying thicknesses.  The material selected to promote this effect was ordinary paraffin wax.  For example, a horizontal plane with deep blue applied and tilted as some theoretic angle, say at 1/2 degree, with wax heated and poured onto this field.  Where thin the image below the wax layer would appear more clearly visible; where more thickly applied a greater opacity would result, obscuring and modifying in interesting ways how we see and interpret the image below.

           The current lines and dots series grew from this simple, essential visual curiosity.

           This work is cast paraffin wax that uses oil paint to pigment the wax for color.  Extremely well-built, they are cast onto a .375 thick plywood panel that has .75 thick x 1.25 wide interlocking oak frame screwed every 4” to the panel, and then a .5-spacing wire mesh hardware cloth stapled to both sides of the panel before wax is then cast onto each face.  They are hung securely on the wall using 2 German-engineered, high-quality hangers (included) rated for either 50 or 75 pounds each depending upon the actual weight of the panel.  D-rings mounted to the backs of the panel serve as the secure device from which the panels are hung.



           Born in 1957 in Lincoln Nebraska.  BA in  Fine Art from New College of the University of South Florida in Sarasota and an MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI.  Academic involvement includes a Fulbright to the Czech Republic, lecturing widely on contemporary American ceramics abroad and contemporary Czech ceramics across the U.S. East Coast, and teaching appointments both full and part-time.