Deconstructions of Familiar Forms: Sculpture by Hollis Roberts
Hollis Roberts primarily works as a sculptor, though some of her earliest work was in the field of photography. Working with various materials including wood, textiles and metal, Hollis creates sculptural installations that serve as explorations and deconstructions of familiar forms.
The artist’s sculpture portfolio succeeds in being surprising and slightly disorienting at times. Often using found objects, Hollis alters just one or two details about the way the objects are constructed or how they fit together, creating a form that looks at first recognizable, but upon closer inspection is completely foreign.
For example, in the work Flirtatious, two bright red metal dining chairs are situated with facing each other, as they would from across a table. However, the table is absent and the chairs are melded together where the seats and legs should be. The resulting object is personified by the title and seems to depict two chairs facing each other closely, and with a great amount of interest.