Deeply affected by watching a documentary called "Zeitgeist" in 2009, Robi Walters began questioning the systems of power/control in our society. Wanting to counteract with a positive critique (namely on consumerism, consumption and waste), he turned to his overflowing recycling box for materials. "I wanted to take something as ugly as garbage and transform it into something beautiful without losing the core message." Inspired by sacred geometry and his daily mediation practice, he took the cardboard packaging and began creating an image representing a thousand petalled lotus - the symbol of consciousness and enlightenment and connects the physical world with the infinite. These pieces are painstakingly and lovingly created with positive intention. Each piece seems to generate an energy of its own and almost beckons the viewer to reconnect and recalibrate.
With this Record Breaking series I thought I would go a little deeper after producing the Kaleidacycle series. I wanted to stick to the collage theme but using something that I was attached too. I used to DJ for many years and built up a record collection that meant a lot to me. I started by smashing my most treasured records. First up was Marvin Gaye.. What da?! ..not sure if you heard me. I was prepared to smash my very own copy of Marvin Gaye - Whats Going On? I stood there for ten minutes holding the record asking myself ‘what am I doing? This is crazy’. Then remembered that some of my best work comes from not knowing if it will work and taking the risk.
In 2010 a friend asked me to donate a piece of work for Christie’s Green Auction in the US. I was fortunate enough to have my piece sent to Sir Paul McCartney for him to sign before it shipped to NY. Wish I owned this one!
I was commissioned by a fantastic advertising agency in London, Brothers and Sisters, to produce a large piece. The idea was for me to come into the company after all the employees had bought 1 record each. There was even a younger member of staff who had never owned a vinyl record before. They played their record and handed it to me with the story of why they had chosen it. This was a really moving experience. This piece has a collective energy of the wholecompany.
These pieces are really hard to get a great photo of. Like most art they look so much better when you see them in person. There is a reflective quality you completely miss here.