Pausing Time

Updated: May 12, 2019

As we celebrate the Mother's around us, take a moment to learn how artist Robert Rankin helps a Mom stop time.

Recently, I had a chance to catch up with sculptor, Robert Rankin, and learned more about his process and discovered some unexpected ways his work has impacted his collectors.


"Rankin's goal in creating his one-of-a-kind figurative clay sculptures is to represent human emotions with two different styles." He uses light and shadows created by deep cuts in clay to release emotions in traditional busts, along with flattened heads and faces with economical placement of smooth divots resulting in work that is at once abstract and figurative.


Rankin says, "I want my sculptures to inspire collectors to feel the emotions expressed in my work and by extension feel empathy for others."


He recalls a time a collector commissioned him to create busts of two young children. Their mother said that for her it was a tangible way to stop time and hold on to memories of their childhoods forever.


For her it was a tangible way to stop time and hold on to memories of their childhoods forever.

Art has the power to help us connect through empathy. It has the power to rewind time, if only for moments, for the mother who can't believe how swiftly her children have grown. Art is so much more than beautiful objects to fill your space. It possesses the power to make your life richer through connection and transcendence.


To learn more about Robert Rankin, you can find him at: Website: https://rankinsculptures.wordpress.com/

Instagram: @rankinsculptures


You'll find Robert Rankin in Space #127 at the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show this June 7-9, along with 142 other artists ready to inspire you.


Written by Teresa Haag

Marketing Director, Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Association

& Cityscape Painter