Sian Robertson, a self-taught artist originally from the UK who has lived on the outer Cape for over 20 years, likes to say that a beautiful map makes her heart race and her hand reach for her X-acto knife.
Known for her 3 dimensional work created from used maps (which themselves are a 2 dimensional representation of a 3 dimensional world), Robertson is driven almost entirely by the aesthetics of the colors, lines, and shapes within them. She cuts, tears, rolls, layers, and ‘excavates’ the maps – hand cutting away specific areas, which then heightens the focus on others. The viewer is able to peer deep into the mass of tangled layers of streets, the roads remaining intact within the fragile structure of the now lacelike pages.
Robertson as been exhibiting in galleries in Provincetown and Boston since 2015, and has been included in many members’ and juried shows at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Cape Cod Museum of Art, and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. in 2020 she was the Artist in Residence at the Higgins Art Gallery at Cape Cod Community College, and she often teaches collage and assemblage classes at PAAM and Castle Hill.