Fears and Dreams

Fears and Dreams opens on Sunday 4th November from 4pm to 6pm and then from Thursday 8th November to December 9th at Gallery at Home, Llancayo Court, Usk, NP151HY.

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Automatic Artist Statement

via the 500 Letters Statement Generator, created by Belgian artist Jasper Rigole

 

Philippa Robbins (1964, London, United Kingdom) is an artist who mainly works with painting. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, Robbins absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation.
Her paintings feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections which make it possible to revise art history and, even better, to complement it. Combining unrelated aspects lead to surprising analogies. Through a radically singular approach that is nevertheless inscribed in the contemporary debate, she uses references and ideas that are so integrated into the process of the composition of the work that they may escape those who do not take the time to explore how and why these images haunt you, like a good film, long after you’ve seen them.
Her works are a drawn reflection upon the art of painting itself: thoroughly self-referential, yet no less aesthetically pleasing, and therefore deeply inscribed in the history of modernism – made present most palpably in the artist’s exploration of some of the most hallowed of modernist paradigms. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, she formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works. The thought processes, which are supposedly private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are frequently revealed as assemblages.
Her collected, altered and own works are being confronted as aesthetically resilient, thematically interrelated material for memory and projection. The possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces, as Hanna Arendt cites from Franz Kafka. Philippa Robbins currently lives and works in Cardiff.

Carapace opens at The Artshop and Chapel

Carapace opens on 3rd February at the Artshop, Abergavenny.
“Our first exhibition of the year, Philippa Robbins’ Carapace, is an exhibition in which the artist gives us a glimpse into her imaginative world where a cat-wrecked jumper is cherished, a crow and its maker guard each other and the handmade puppets have their own passport photographs.

detail2A  detail from a drawing of a scene from Ravel’s opera for children L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Has My Baby Been Good? 100cm x 140cm Conté on paper. 

mw3The Keepers of Caecarrog acrylic on board 60cm x 59cm

Themes which were introduced in Magical Thinking, of children’s clothing and of safe-keeping, are expanded upon in Carapace.
Philippa Robbins’ imagination is populated with corvids, “the dark stars of the bird world,” with puppets, imaginary worlds and relics of infancy which probe primal and uncanny dimensions, and recall the delights and fears of childhood.
Her paintings are hard-won and emerge after much editing and process, but drawing is always at the start of every piece of work and serves as an intimate clue to the workings of a mind which impresses with its sheer originality.  Elementary, common, childhood experiences are transferred into adult existence, not just through motifs and personal and scavenged imagery, but through her artistic mode of thought. Being so layered, the resulting works seem at once to be both removed from and more closely woven to their original subjects, like a pressed flower or a film still.  
Philippa Robbins lives and works in South Wales.  Born in London in 1964, she studied at LaSalle SIA, Singapore and then at Cardiff College of Art. Her work has been exhibited widely, nationally and internationally, in both solo and group shows. 

triforium exhibition at temple church

I have been invited to show a piece of work in the Triforium exhibition at Temple Church in October 2016. The exhibition celebrates 25 years of the Discerning Eye exhibition with work by previous major prize winners. The exhibition will  open to the public from Tuesday 4th October and run until Sunday 16th October 2016.  The venue will be the very special Triforium space at the historic Temple Church in central London. http://www.templechurch.com/

 

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