I am an artist and PhD candidate based in Perth, Australia. My art practice aims to problematise how the geologic is imagined and represented in contemporary Western culture—raising further questions concerning conventionalised geo/social narratives and formations of knowledge. Broadly, my multidisciplinary art practice focuses on geoaesthetics and human-earth relations. My methodology usually involves site-specific field trips into remote and arid geographies in Western Australia, whereby I document embodied participation with the site or represent it as installation art. Over the preceding three years I have made sculpture, assemblage, audio-video, photography, installation, painting and undertaken endurance 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 2023, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016