Thom Roberts

www.studioa.org.au/thom-roberts
Cementa Artwork at Cuts Colours N Curls Hair Salon

Positive and Negative of Thom Roberts’s Workshop

Materials | Performance art and installation using various paper and posca pens

As an artist with a long-term love affair with the crowns of people’s heads, Thom Roberts will express his fascination for crowns through a combination of performance art and installation at Kandos’s own Cuts Colours N Curls hairdressing salon. For those out of the loop, your crown is located on the top of your head, it is often spiral shaped and is a central point from which hair grows. For Roberts, crowns are a magical landscape in which he identifies an array of creatures. Cementa17 guests are invited to offer their crowns for Roberts to read and interpret. This project is supported by Studio A, and by the Accessible Arts’ Delineate grant as a part of the Don’t DIS my ABILITY program. Performance: 11am–12midday and 3–4pm every day

1. Thom Roberts, Positive and Negative of Thom Roberts’s Workshop, 2017. photo Ian Hobbs
1. Thom Roberts, Positive and Negative of Thom Roberts’s Workshop, 2017. photo Ian Hobbs
Thom Roberts's bio:

Thom Roberts works out of Studio A, a social enterprise that supports professional artists with intellectual disability. In 2013 Roberts was awarded an Amplify emerging artists grant. In 2014 Roberts began a collaborative project with artist Harriet Body, called Thom and Angelmouse, receiving an Arts NSW Creative Development grant. In 2015 Roberts and Angelmouse exhibited in the Underbelly Arts festival, Cockatoo Island, Sydney. In 2016 they contributed to an exhibition of contemporary art for children at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery. Roberts is a collaborating artist on the Bird Fox Monster project with Erth Visual and Physical inc, supported by Carriageworks.

Thom Roberts makes art with a spirit of experimentation and spontaneity. His portfolio encompasses a range of media and styles including drawing, installation, painting, performance and photography. Roberts is a skilled draftsman, well able to quickly translate landscapes and portraits in a traditional and representational artistic style, yet his primary interest is in his contemporary painting and installation practice. His portraits of friends and families render them three-eyed and fanged, and his surreal performances and spoken-word poetry speak of trains, buildings, monsters and blue birds.

2. Thom Roberts, Positive and Negative of Thom Roberts’s Workshop. photo Ian Hobbs
2. Thom Roberts, Positive and Negative of Thom Roberts’s Workshop. photo Ian Hobbs