Kevin Robb was a successful metal sculptor for over three decades before he suffered a massive stroke and had to teach himself how to read, write, and sculpt from scratch. A dedicated artist and consummate professional, Robb continued to create unique, free-flowing sculptures for broad audiences all over the world. Here, he details his thoughts on collaboration, commission projects, and his favorite work. (Robb’s wife and spokeperson Diane aided the interview as Robb can no longer speak.)
How did you get started as an artist?
I feel as if I started twice. First was 35 years ago, when I made the decision to create a life based on my sculpting. After creating a successful sculpture business, and loving life as a full-time sculptor I suffered a massive stroke. Without the ability to speak or write, I had to start all over again. The creative processes were present, I just had to figure out a way to “get it out” and I once more set out to live my life as a sculptor.
What advice would you give other artists about working on a commission project?
Teamwork! Can’t stress it enough! Yes, the creativity of my sculptures are not to be changed but think of the power of dynamic landscaping with a landscape designer, the pragmatism of an engineer–I can sleep at night knowing it is secure–and the vision of a city working with committees. The strength of all is powerful! And when everyone works for the good of the project and not individual egos, the final outcome is absolutely incredible!
What is your version of the perfect retirement?
Retirement is not in my vocabulary. How can I handle all the ideas that need to get out if I’m not in the studio? I am happiest when I am creating, why would I want to retire?
What is your favorite piece of artwork?
My favorite sculpture is always the piece I have just completed. After it is done, I walk away from it and don’t care to go back and revisit it. It is done – now, what’s next on the plate?