(From MoMA Machynlleth)
Philippa Robbins was born in London in 1964 and lives in South Wales. She works variously and with great skill in painting, drawing, photography and textiles. She studied Fine Art at Cardiff College of Art after bringing up her two children, since when her work has received accolades in the Discerning Eye and the Royal West of England Academy and has been selected for the Hunting Art Prize and the BP Portrait Award. She has had three solo exhibitions since 2013 at the Art Shop, Abergavenny.
Flock is the largest work Philippa has produced so far. It consists of 300 sculptures laid out to form a single installation. The project evolved from an artist’s residency on a construction site at Stormy Castle in Gower (Loyn & Co, winner of the RIBA Manser Medal 2014). While painting the site in flux she found a discarded steel tie for concrete shuttering and the shape’s resemblance to a bird made her want to explore its potential. She experimented over the next three years, eventually setting 200 ties in wood and 100 in concrete. Each piece has a subtly different character owing to the previous use of the steel and the weathering of the blocks. The installation connects with earlier themes concerned with the untidy edges of the urban landscape and with magical thinking and transformation.