Artist mounts in­stal­la­tion with dis­carded ‘petals’

Khaleej Times - - NATION - An­gel Te­sorero an­gel@khalee­j­times.com

dubai — A Lon­don-based mixed­me­dia artist has turned a hall­way at a mall in Dubai as stu­dio for his live art in­stal­la­tion that will be dis­played and auc­tioned dur­ing Ra­madan for the ben­e­fit of a char­ity in Dubai.

By mak­ing his work open to the pub­lic, Robi Wal­ters, 44, aims to counter the fast-paced world with his work of art by draw­ing in view­ers to the rich­ness of his sub­ject and de­tail in work.

The Dubai Mall vis­i­tors can catch him un­til April 21, at a stand on ground floor of Souk Atrium where he is cre­at­ing one of his ‘Petals’ mas­ter­pieces, com­prised of thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­ally hand-cut petals from var­i­ous re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als.

Wal­ters is us­ing dis­carded ob­jects like old cards and mag­a­zine cov­ers and turn them into colour­ful col­lage of flo­ral art.

We are in world where ev­ery­thing is so quick and al­most dis­pos­able that to make some­thing very in­tri­cate would some­times make the view­ers slow down.”

Robi Wal­ters, Bri­tish artist

Speak­ing to Khaleej Times on Tues­day, he said he wanted to cap­ti­vate view­ers with the in­tri­cacy of his work.

“We are in world where ev­ery­thing is so quick and al­most dis­pos­able that to make some­thing very in­tri­cate would some­times make the view­ers slow down. And of­ten they would ask: ‘how long did it take to make such a work of art?

So how does Wal­ters cre­ate his art? He says he first col­lects old cards and spray paint them on one side. Once dried, he manu- ally cuts them into shapes of petals. He then glues them into a 4ft long and 4ft wide wooden board from the out­skirts go­ing into the cen­tre of the board. The fin­ished prod­uct is a kalei­do­scopic burst of colours that draws view­ers in.

In the past seven years that he has gone full time do­ing ‘Petals’, he has done around 80 art pieces which were dis­played in var­i­ous gal­leries around the world.

For his art piece in Dubai, blue is the dom­i­nant colour and it sig­ni­fies calm­ness and peace.

“The art­work will be in the form of thou­sand lo­tus petals, which is in the med­i­ta­tion form,” he said. As for the fund that will be raised in the forth­com­ing silent auc­tion, Wal­ters hopes it will fetch a high price as all pro­ceeds will go for the ben­e­fit of Emi­rates Autism So­ci­ety.

Robi Wal­ters dur­ing his live art ses­sion at The Dubai Mall. he uses dis­carded ma­te­ri­als for the in­stal­la­tion. — Photo by Shi­hab

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