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Interview With Robert Lobetta

Hair Stylist, Photographer, Filmographer and Artist

Standout hairdressing experience of your life (either as an artist or spectator)?

Back in the 70's I began to understand that hair was this organic form in the way it moved, I started to treat it as a material that could be maneuvered into any given shape I could think of. This would mean a radical shift from styling hair to sculpting hair, cutting hair seemed to give way to this new ideology, and seemed to lose its importance as I began to focus on hair being this three dimensional animated form. My goal was to take the essential quality of this fibrous form as a basis, and use the structure of the hair to create shapes and textures that had never been seen before. From an aesthetic viewpoint this was the start of a revolution, at that time I really believed that sculpting a head of hair with your hands was the closest feeling I've had to looking at myself as an artist. The intricate process in achieving these end results was almost like performance art, this was the art of seeing differently.

Do you approach your other artistic endeavours the same way you do hair?

I wish I could, but each of the disciplines I work within require a different set of rules, regardless of what genre I work in, I'm always looking for those intricate details that give the work a visual richness. Whether its film, hair, photography or contemporary art, I find the excess of detailing intriguing, as it gives the work an overwhelming richness. As an image maker in such shifting times, I believe it's my role to try and capture new paradigms in the world of hair and beauty, or at least try to seed a new idea. Perhaps by working across these different disciplines causes a celebration of unfiltered life that's all woven together that satisfies my creative needs.

Who's your creative idol?

Andy Warhol

Describe your hairdressing style in three words:

Disciplined, madness, with a sprinkling of eccentricity.

Why do you believe organisations such as the AHC are important for the hairdressing industry?

I believe that organizations such as the AHC perpetuate growth, quality, and focus on business, create consumer awareness encoureging the youth to enter the beauty industry. It's important to have representation for a community of hairdressing professionals.