In the studio

Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) continues its mission of enrichment through the arts with artists’ studios tours – live and interactive.

Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) continues its mission of enrichment through the arts with artists’ studios tours – live and interactive on Zoom.

On Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m., it’s Aurora Robson, a sculptural artist whose work was exhibited at RoCA in 2018 in “The Tipping Point.” Robson explores ecological issues and the relationship between nature and humanity. Her lively and intricate sculptures are constructed from plastic debris, as befits this eco-activist and founder of Project Vortex, an international organization of artists, architects and designers working together to reduce the amount of plastic debris littering our oceans and shorelines. 

Robson’s artistic practice is about shifting trajectories as she transforms waste into aesthetic objects of beauty.  She uses her art to inspire others to rethink and reinvent plastic waste in ways that promote creative stewardship of our global waterways.  Robson’s large welded plastic sculptures raise awareness of our enormous plastic waste problem and the detrimental effects it has on our planet.  Delicately carved and sculpted plastic sculptures resembling sea creatures help us recognize the monumental effects of plastic waste on distant ecosystems and provide strategies towards intercepting the waste stream and up-cycling discarded plastics into new objects.

On Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m., Mary Ting will offer a tour of her studio that features her work in installation, drawing and sculpture as well as community projects that examine cultural history, grief, nature and environmental and social justice. Her varied work reflects on our stories – our devotions and desperations. Ting’s work all begins with her drawing.

The crazed ravaging of the earth, the displacement of vulnerable communities and pending extinctions are what keeps her up at night and also wakens her in the morning. On the faculties of CUNY John Jay College and The Transart Institute, Ting is researching and writing about modern Chinese history, trauma and the lust for endangered species parts. 

To register for a studio tour, visit

– edited by Georgette Gouveia

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