I am an artist and PhD candidate based in Perth, Australia. Currently, my art practice problematises how the geological is imagined and represented in contemporary Western culture—raising further questions concerning conventionalised geo/social narratives and formations of knowledge. 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


Robert Kettels Mid West Curve LR

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