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Remix by Mary Robinson
January 12, 2016 - February 18, 2016
I am deeply inspired by natural forms, especially tree roots, tangled vines and human arteries, and explore the experience of being human as part of– rather than separate from– nature. I observe complex patterns of flowing, twisting fibers, and nature’s mode of creating variety within repetition. I use similar forms in my mixed media drawings and prints to express the mix of awe, reverence and anxiety I feel living on Earth in the Twenty-First Century. Sometimes the elements in my work twist, writhe and ultimately suffocate in their claustrophobic confinement, as in Ingrown. In more open imagery, I allow the marks to pulse, flow and breathe harmoniously. In the most recent work, such as in Warning, I explore and express a growing sense of urgency to acknowledge and address environmental crises. This agitation manifests in intense hues as well as in forms that are branching, breaking, seeping and radiating.
The process by which I work is very fluid. To create Warning and similar pieces, I painted paper, cut, collaged, painted some more, cut some more and so on. The prints that I am now producing are based on these pieces in terms of shape and color. They are not simply replicas of the paintings. I have made matrices using wood, Sintra board, and stencils, based on the general compositions of the paintings, but the shapes, lines and colors are combined in completely new ways. Many of the prints are “finished” works unto themselves but because of the opportunity for multiple printing, some of the printed elements will also become physical material for new collage paintings. The paintings are “sketches” for the prints, and the new prints become springboards and actual physical material to be cut and collaged for new mixed media work.
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