“Robert Dampier is an assemblage artist whose work captured my imagination over ten years ago. His works speak of what it is to, “Be” in my opinion and I see the story of us all within, in between and contained among the layers of his unique narrative style. His work holds the attention of viewers, allowing time necessary for reflection and understanding by simply connecting the dots and subjectively projecting meaning onto the composition.”
-Max B. Harrison
Gallery M Squared
“I was born in Houston Texas and now reside on Galveston Island off the Gulf Coast. As long as I can remember I have loved the old and discarded parts of the world. There is no end to material things thrown away and I find them where ever I go, in thrift shops, in local allies or on the streets. As long as there are objects to be found, I’ll continue to build my creations of lost and neglected objects. The idea of taking what has been cast out as refuse or considered outdated by others compels me to repurpose and transform these items into works of emotional nostalgia for viewers and can only be described as my lifelong obsession.
I apply this method to almost everything I do creatively, as I am autodidactic and love to explore many processes. With that the idea of using what is already available in your environment and applying those materials in a meaningful way to Sculpture, Painting, Assemblage, Design and just about everything else. I see no logical reason in letting perfectly good material resources go to waste.
Being an autodidactic artist, my work has evolved continually over the years. The work produced is more about the process of creation and the telling of parables. My desire is to evoke an emotional response, and a connection with the viewer. I prefer hearing the interpretations of others and what they see, rather than dictate what that should be.
To create meaning from objects that have none, this is my greatest Joy!”