Deirdre Robertson



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LAW TUNNEL, AUG 2013, MIXED MEDIA INSTALLATION, 8 ft * 18 ft aluminium print – residual over a c40 sq ft floor space


Robertson's work explores the recurring themes of time, loss, individual and collective memory and renewals.
Her practice emerges largely from the movement that Nicolas Bourriaud describes as “relational aesthetics” ; working both as facilitator and collaborator in the ongoing creative process of rebuilding the lost, sharing of information, reawakening of memories, celebrating the unique in the local, energising ideas and repurposing the forgotten.
While largely fun, celebratory and concerned with achieving the positive outcomes of regeneration and renewal, several of her projects are unashamedly bleak and overtly political.
Her art practice is primarily the facilitation process and Robertson often summarises her work in strongly poetic visual presentations, through installation, photography and video. Her photography explores the intersection of the man-made with nature and the beauty of the process of decay.
Inspired by Geddes, Robertson deals with global themes but delivers her practice through a largely local focus in and around Geddes’ main academic base, Dundee.


MFA, Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee.
Formerly :- SSA council member, board member of Dundee Contemporary Arts, Chief Operating officer at Tate Galleries (Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives), board member of Craft Scotland
Currently :- Chair ESSA - Exhibiting Societies of Scotland (SSA/VAS/RSW), one of two artist initiators, now trustee of West Ward Works, Dundee, Big Lottery, Scotland Panel Member, council member of the Society of Scottish Artists.