Peripheral ARTeries Art Review - Special Edition, Summer 2016

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Special Edition

Contemporary Art

Peripheral ARTeries meets

Robin Dawkins Lives and works in Boston, MA, USA Described as “delightful refracted worlds,� my work is derived from visual information of nature and surrounding man-made structures of the urban landscape. I enjoy gathering and transforming visual information initially recording my experiences through photography, drawings and sound recordings. I especially love taking walks and observing the changing urban landscape of Boston harbor. In my studio I seek to transcend what I have seen and what I have experienced creating an imaginary, refracted illusion of space. The use of color, texture, line, form, shape and movement are very exciting for me and ultimately, establish a place in my creative expression. I enjoy exploring vibrant color combinations with the goal of transforming my observations into simplified lively tapestries.

An interview by Josh Ryder, curator and Melissa C. Hilborn, curator

your cultural substratum inform the way you relate yourself to art making in general?

Thank you. It is exciting to have this opportunity. At the time I was attending Mass College of Art in Boston, there was major emphasis on the abstract, namely minimalism and abstract expressionism. Extensive work in the studio focusing on the human figure and use of color were strongly encouraged, however more so as a tool for learning rather than a focus point. As students we were encouraged to take what we had learned from our inquiries of the figure, nature, cultural ideas and research of major artists to translate this information into an autonomous visual experience. I was encouraged to investigate, explore, and research my own inclinations and interests as an artist and in my work. At the time I was very interested in Cubism in addition to Orphism and Vorticism. This inquiry into major artists such as Picasso, Braque, Metzinger, Picabia and Kupka, I believe, has had its largest influence on my work then and now. The idea of observing and breaking subjects and ideas down into spatial lines, shapes, forms, color, illusions was very

Geometric and biomorphic in its unconventional style, Robin Dawkins' work draws the viewers through an immersive and multilayered experience. Her body of works that we'll be discussing in the following pages here ccomplishes the difficult task of inquiry into the duality between figurative and abstraction: we are very pleased to introduce our readers to her stimulating and multifaceted artistic production. Hello Robin and welcome to Peripheral ARTeries: we would start this interview with a couple of questions about your background. You have a solid formation and you hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts, that you received from the Mass College of Art, in Boston: how did this experience influence the way you currently conceive and produce your works? And in particular, how does