in Frieze London , Videos | 28 SEP 22

Ro Robertson: Flux and Rust

The Cornwall-based artist introduces us to their transformatory work Drench at Frieze Sculpture 2022

in Frieze London , Videos | 28 SEP 22
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Drench by Ro Robertson features in Frieze Sculpture 2022The work is the latest manifestation of Robertson’s exploration of the ‘terrain of the queer body’ which welds the figure and the landscape as one.

Inspired by the tidal zone, five forms made of weathering steel are painted in blues up to a 'tide line', with other parts exposed and left to rust. For Robertson, the tide’s continuous cycle of dehydration and rehydration – or drenching – creates a space of transformation and renewal.

The semi-abstract figures of Drench – which exist between the sea and the body – offer an expanded reading of the body free from binary and rigid understandings.

As Robertson suggests, “There are parts of our bodies and genders that aren’t visible, as if they were under water. There are spaces that can’t be easily defined, that are forever shifting”.


Frieze sculpture runs in London's Regent's Park from 14 September to 13 November, featuring 19 large-scale works by artists including John Giorno, Ro Robertson and Ugo Rondinone, amongst others.

Learn more about Frieze Sculpture 2022 here.


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All artwork © Ro Robertson. Images courtesy of the artist and Maximilian William London Ltd. Photography by Point 101.