The February Ringling Underground will feature four mixed media sculptors: Nathan Wilson, Taylor Robenalt Tyler Staggs and Corbett Fogue.
Nathan Wilson is a recent New College graduate who experiments with interdisciplinary applications between the sciences and the arts. His sculptures concern the re-imagination of cubic structures that comprise the bulwark of American architecture.
Utilizing notions of symmetry and organic growth, concepts that are naturally alluring to humans, Wilson creates pieces that challenge a viewer’s perception of space.
Taylor Duggan Robenalt is fascinated with ceramics for its innate ability to be molded and shaped into what she wishes.
Robenalt uses clay to illustrate her emotions and dreams; whether through figurative sculptures or large vessels.
"I am a contemporary ceramic artist that specializes in creating unique one of a kind sculptures," she said. "I also teach ceramic at a variety of institutions. As an artist I draw my influences from dreams as well as everyday narrative through the interaction between humans, animals, and nature."
"I have used a wide variety of materials in my pieces, mainly stoneware, terracotta and porcelain. Please investigate my newest body of work called the Porcelain Clusters. I have been influenced by other ceramic artists such as Christina Cordova, Lisa Clague, John Byrd, and Kate MacDowell."
When not making ceremics, Robenalt teaches art as an adjunct instructor at the State College of Florida.
Tyler Staggs is an artist who works with a variety of media. With a conceptual approach and with everyday experiences as inspiration, he balances coincidental and orderly processes in the generation of his work. The use of his body as both a relational tool and a form of self-expression creates cathartic responses within the artist and the audience.
“My body is my art”. The use of my body as a metaphor for my personal narrative is represented ambiguously to create a shared experience.
Staggs grew up in Orlando, but he relocated to Tampa in 2008 to attend the University of South Florida. While studying architecture, he became reacquainted with his childhood passion of art. After changing majors several times, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art in 2014. Staggs is currently residing in Tampa, and continues to make art.
is an interdisciplinary artist interested in investigating minimal gestures which bridge the gap between ephemeral and eternal. His work draws from personal experiences relating to the untimely death of his father. He often exhibits works that, not unlike us, are intended to only exist for small moments in time.
Corbett earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of South Florida in 2014 as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography and Bacherlor of Arts in Art Education from the University of Northern Iowa in 2011. He currently resides in Tampa while continuing to exhibit his work in major cities across the United States as well as internationally.