November 6, 2011

AIS SALON/ presents: Robin de Vogel, a girl with a monumental mission

Robin de Vogel, a third year student at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy who has lived in Aruba, is fascinated by the tangible signs of time, particularly those observed in architecture. These 'signs of decay' as she calls it are considered to be a flaw or something ugly. And therefore ignored. Robin de Vogel started repairing the holes and cracks in the city center of Amsterdam with self made pieces of ceramics which she glazed in a decorative manner, highlighting the signs of decay in the architecture by making them into little ornaments. She said: "In my work I try to pose questions about perception. The pieces blend in with the architecture and their presence is subtle, but at the same time they have a delicate decorative quality that grabs the viewers' attention. The project poses questions about aesthetics and underlines the temporal aspect of life".
Across Aruba and the AIS SALON/ locations, she has repaired a tile, a broken curb, missing cement, or a hole. Robin: "The buildings chosen for AIS SALON/ are of great historic and cultural value for Aruba. The work can be seen as something that ties all these locations together. I hope to make a statement with this work emphasizing the importance of maintaining these constructions for generations to come."

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