My work explores the influence of landscape on the individual by addressing the power of certain forms found in nature to evoke memory, emotion and anthropomorphic physicality. Some of the works celebrate the poetic; others question our increasingly dysfunctional relationship to the natural world. Reoccurring symbols such as; the boat, the cultivated forest and the shoe-box house, reference the struggles of the human psyche. Nature is perceived as a mirror- not only of our own physical form, but of our relationship with our inner selves.
I work primarily in welded steel but I let the ideas dictate the medium. I am adept in the use of a broad range of processes and materials such as steel, wood, cement, mold making and the casting of plaster, resin, or bronze. I maintain a studio that facilitates working in all of these materials. Most important to me is to maintain a broad working vocabulary so that the expression of my ideas is not limited by a narrow approach.
About the Artist
Rob Licht grew up near Ithaca, inspired by the Finger Lakes' landscape. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Maine College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts Degree, in Sculpture, from Cornell. He typically works in welded steel; he also works in wood, cement, bronze and other mediums. His sculptures range in scale from small intimate pieces to large outdoor works.
Licht exhibits his work throughout the Northeast and has earned several grants and awards. He was director of the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca from 1997-99. He has taught sculpture, design and drawing at Ithaca College, BOCES Continuing Education program, Maine College of Art Summer College program and at Cornell. He maintains a studio in Ithaca, NY. His work can be viewed at www.roblicht.com.