Over the summer, my Mom and I took a trip out to Southampton to walk around, enjoy the lovely weather, and peruse the charming shops on Main Street. While window shopping at Ralph Lauren, Aerin, and the other cute stores, we were surprised to discover a little art museum/gallery space called The Southampton Center. Without knowing what to expect, we decided to take a peek. Upon walking in we were confronted with a blank wall that had an unusual sculpture suspended from the ceiling in front of it:
It turned out to be the work of a New York City based artist named Aurora Robson, who started off as a painter and then moved into three dimensional artworks. The sculptures are made from pieces of plastic debris, including bottles and bottle caps. On her website, Aurora speaks about creating these pieces based off of nightmares that she was having. I find it really inspiring that she was able to take something frightening and unpleasant and turn it into something so arresting and beautiful.
At first I thought the pieces were just beautiful in and of themselves, but after a little reading I discovered that there’s an important message behind Aurora’s work. Besides being an incredibly talented artist, she is also an environmental activist (“subtle yet determined”, as she phrases it) and the founder of Project Vortex, an international group of artists who participate in environmental clean-up efforts and utilize the collected debris (mostly plastic) in their artwork. The proceeds from these pieces are then funneled back into efforts to clean up our water sources. How cool is that? To take useless, damaging garbage, and transform it into something beautiful-I’m just in awe of Aurora’s dedication to using her talent for a great cause. As if creating beautiful, imaginative art wasn’t enough!