Using her subtle sense of art and design, Robin invokes complex feelings by blending ordinary and found objects. Motivating her work is a strong desire to work with her hands and communicate artistically in a non-digital medium.
In her constructions, she merges her passion for the aesthetic nature of objects with inspiration from travel, music, the beach, and the many people who’s lives have touched her own.
Robin was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was raised in Kansas City. After some formative years in Colorado, she headed farther West, landing in San Francisco where she’s resided since 1988.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Design from the University of Kansas, with minors in metal smithing and painting, as well as an Associates Degree in Design from the Art Institute of Colorado.
My process starts with the box — or the central element — and around this, everything is built. I begin to form a world within this frame, based upon composition, iconic symbolism, scale, color, and material.
Sorting through my arsenal of treasures — mined primarily from flea markets, estate sales, and antique stores — I decide which objects I want to use, always searching for an emotional connection between myself and these materials.
As I begin to position objects together —adding and subtracting— I move forward, never feeling satisfied until I’ve reached what I feel is a visual absolute. The merging of my personal feelings with the alchemy of textures, color, and materials is key.
It’s rare that a piece is meticulously planned; it’s a very spontaneous process. Though these pieces are outwardly an assembly of visual elements, the work’s origin stems from my intuition and emotions.