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I am an artist and PhD candidate based in Perth, Australia. Currently, my art practice problematises how the lithic (i.e. rocks) is imagined and represented in contemporary Western culture—raising further questions concerning conventionalised geo/social formations and narratives. Broadly, my work has focused on geoaesthetics and human-earth relations. My methodology involves site-specific field trips into remote and arid geographies in Western Australia, whereby I either, collect objects and materials before incorporating them into sculptural form; document site-specific performance; or represent an experience – encountered in the field – through installation art. Over the preceding three years I have made sculpture, assemblage, audio-video, photography, installation, painting and undertaken durational performance in order to express my experience of the geological. In 2017, I received a Bachelor Degree in fine art (First Class Honours) from Curtin University, and in 2018, I received a Curtin University postgraduate research scholarship which I am currently undertaking.

Rob Kettels ABIOTICA (2019) Paper Mountain view

Rob Kettels ABIOTICA 2019 Land LR

Desert Sentience Rob Kettels LR

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Robert Kettels Mid West Curve LR

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Above: Selected art practice images from 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016