Cascade

Mixed Media
24" x 18"
Signature on the back

 

Acrylic paint, fabric and gold leaf on cradled panel, hang ready

Retail Price: $850

Minimum Bid: $300

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Heather Robinson

Robinson’s abstract painting practice is an exploration of pattern and color. Her work holds layers of paint and medium, fabric and repeating patterns that are both timeless and reminiscent of a particular time and place. Among the many of her elements in her pieces, she is often inspired by vintage wallpaper design. With these patterns, she induces a sense of sentimentality for things we may see every day without noticing, but which feel like ‘home.’ Many of these patterns are considered ‘feminine.’ Associated with the decorative sphere, and thus disregarded, in the same way that women’s work has often been historically overlooked. She aims to elevate these, to lend them importance. The layers of raised rigid geometric repeats, are created by using thick acrylic medium pushed through stencils. These contrast with the more purely decorative surface designs. While working on several paintings at once, she builds up many layers on each piece over weeks. Each layer may involve multiple techniques, including drips, swipes and crackled textures. These abstract works are coming from a place of honoring the domestic and the everyday, while examining the complicated feelings one can have about home. They celebrate surface and depth, inspired by a fascination with the decorative elements we are surrounded with in our daily lives at home. They are designed to evoke nostalgia, coupled with the realization that you can never go back to the way things were.