CARL ROBERTS

“By the age of five, I had already experienced my share of catastrophes, and was already onto my third father. The first died when he crashed his RAF jet. The second died of lung cancer. We lived in many places – my elder sister has been in more schools than she’s spent years in school.

Perhaps it is surprising I even got to my final year in school as I was emotionally unstable and intellectually disinterested. Add to that my ADD (attention deficit disorder), a little dyslexia – and never having art as a subject at school. Needless to say, I failed my finals.

I worked for five years before deciding to go to University to “fail”. I hoped for an exciting social life and the credibility of being a university drop out. The day before I left Durban for Rhodes University, I got a rejection note. With little to lose and my friends waiting to take me on a meandering trip down the Wild coast, I persisted.

To this day I am not certain if the university made a mistake with the admission criteria, or if I bullied my way into the university. The admission officer, flustered by my attack, allowed me to register for a Journalism degree with art as an extra credit. That extra credit changed my life! I switched to a degree in Fine Art – and failed to fail as I’d imagined I would.

Much to my surprise, I was awarded the prize for the best all round art student, received academic half colours, and a Rhodes University bursary to further my studies. I went on to complete a master’s degree and became a Fine Art lecturer.

In 1995 I was pushed from my position as a lecturer at the University of Durban-Westville by a disgruntled and threatening student and inept management to become a full-time artist. Today, I am grateful for that unfair and upsetting calamity.” "

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Soul Body and Mind
Soul Body and Mind

cast bronze

 

Soul Body and Mind
Soul Body and Mind Soul Body and Mind
Skelfy
Skelfy

wood (tamboti)

h 43cm

Skelfy
Skelfy Skelfy
Stone Hearted Dancer
Stone Hearted Dancer

stone, h: 94 cm

Stone Hearted Dancer
Stone Hearted Dancer Stone Hearted Dancer
Wind at my Back
Wind at my Back

sandstone

 

Wind at my Back
Wind at my Back Wind at my Back
Leg Up
Leg Up

wood, h: 60 cm

Leg Up
Leg Up Leg Up
Leg Up (Back)
Leg Up (Back)

wood, h: 60 cm

Leg Up (Back)
Leg Up (Back) Leg Up (Back)
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Eve
Eve

jacaranda wood, h: 293 cm

Eve
Eve Eve
Fetch (Mouldering Mutt)
Fetch (Mouldering Mutt)

wood (wild plum)

Fetch (Mouldering Mutt)
Fetch (Mouldering Mutt) Fetch (Mouldering Mutt)
The Passage of Time
The Passage of Time

wood, length: 270 cm

The Passage of Time
The Passage of Time The Passage of Time
Wisp, Waif and Stray
Wisp, Waif and Stray

wood

Wisp, Waif and Stray
Wisp, Waif and Stray Wisp, Waif and Stray
Sea Weed Swim
Sea Weed Swim

azalea roots

Sea Weed Swim
Sea Weed Swim Sea Weed Swim
Cusps and Crowns
Cusps and Crowns

giraffe jawbone,

Cusps and Crowns
Cusps and Crowns Cusps and Crowns
Currents
Currents
Currents
Currents Currents
Wild Iris
Wild Iris

cast bronze

Wild Iris
Wild Iris Wild Iris
Grey Matters
Grey Matters

soft corals, teeth, oyster shell

h 46cm

Grey Matters
Grey Matters Grey Matters
Red Sea
Red Sea
Red Sea
Red Sea Red Sea
Blood Moon detail
Blood Moon detail
Blood Moon detail
Blood Moon detail Blood Moon detail
Blood Moon
Blood Moon

74x23x13cm

Blood Moon
Blood Moon Blood Moon
Dancer
Dancer

Giraffe hip bone on marble

(height: 45 cm)

Dancer
Dancer Dancer
Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek

Carved elephant leg bone

(height: 110 cm) 

Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek Hide and Seek
White Whale
White Whale

Whale rib bone

85 cm x 135cm

White Whale
White Whale White Whale