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.
A 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.
The 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.