I am in essence a very spiritual person, not of any particular religion but feel deeply connected to others and the world around us. Therefore my work is informed by co-existence with ourselves and nature. My most recent pieces explore psychological themes as I navigate through understanding and managing long-distance relationships as an expatriate and understanding what it means to be connected. I question our feelings and seek to provoke thought and emotion in believable sculptural landscapes. The glass-like effect has come as a result of my own experimentation with inks in the last 6 years in NZ as I have found that their translucency conveys light effectively. The sculptural element is a nod to contemporary photography with its ability to capture movement at once in one frame. My process often involves creating chaotic energetic markings with inks then subtracting until I find an aesthetic solution and resolve. I love the negative space and play with it to create new hidden imagery.
For more extensive list of artworks, please visit: www.michelinerobinson.co.uk
Work-wise, I've exhibited in 12 countries over the last 10 years (over 70 solo and group exhibitions) and am an active humanitarian artist. I participated in many projects such as the Ubuntu Charity Show in Seoul that raised $115 000 for malnourished children of North Korea and Sweden’s exhibition “In recognition of Malala Yousafzai” which raised funds for education. As there were few opportunities for artists to display their works when I lived on the UK’s Wirral peninsula, I founded and organised the Wirral Open Studio Tour (https://wirralarts.com/about) which received Arts Council funding in 2010 and is still going strong today. I arrived in NZ 6 years ago, and in that time have been published in several newspapers and magazines and interviewed on Radio NZ's Standing Room Only. I've also been fortunate enough to have been selected this year as a finalist for the National Contemporary Art Award. My art education started at De-La-Salle (a specialty arts school in Ottawa) and continued at Concordia University in Film Animation in Montreal, and Ottawa U in Fine Arts.My work is in private and corporate collections worldwide.