Sian Robertson

Sian Robertson is a self-taught collage artist originally from the UK, now living in North Truro. Her source materials are mostly paper ephemera, though she occasionally includes mixed media components in her work. Robertson says “Maps are of particular interest to me – they are beautiful to look at, they represent areas lived in and places still to visit, and I have incredibly fond memories of learning to map read when I was very young. As a small child I loved spending time in the car, with me navigating our way home. I clearly remember being excited to predict that there would be a river, or a T-junction, or a hospital a mile ahead, and being thrilled when it was actually there. Now, as an adult, maps give me a physical and emotional connection to a time and place left behind, and the reassurance that it might be returned to in the future. I’ve been using maps in my art for some years now. I am driven almost entirely by the aesthetics of the colors and shapes within them. My current work involves ‘excavating’ maps; removing specific areas, which then heightens the focus on others. A city street atlas with all the spaces between the roads removed, but the pages of the book left intact, allows the viewer to peer deep into the mass of tangled layers of streets, perhaps a symbol of the messiness of interconnected lives. There is both a sense of loss, of the absence of what has been removed, and a sense of endurance, as the roads remain intact within the fragile structure of the now lace like pages.”

Robertson is an active member of PAAM and has participated in members’ exhibits since 2009, including having her work selected for several juried shows. Her ‘Postage Portrait’ collages were featured in the Summer 2015 edition of Uppercase Magazine, and her map work in Provincetown Magazine in 2016. She is represented by Adam Peck Gallery in Provincetown.