Gallery Artist: Robyn Thomas
How do we see the world? Consider our physical ability to change focus, from vast to minute. We can incorporate a wide range of realities; distance is not an issue. Time and space have been eliminated by technology; the Internet, microscopes and telescopes have changed our understanding of life, of the world. Despite this seemingly wide range of possibilities for interacting with the reality we can see and experience, we still have an even greater ability to see beyond what is visible to the non-visible yet possible. As our ability to see reality has expanded so too have the means by which we can express our interpretations of the seen and unseen increased, as well as the population to which we can communicate all these possibilities we imagine.
Painting for me is the way to express how I see the world, the realities I can see as well as the possibilities I cannot. Each of my paintings is part of a greater narrative; some paintings are sentences, some are sentence fragments. Others might be novels, or just chapters. But they are all part of the same story: a reflection on the influences on the creative process and the development of the 21st century artist as viewed from the mid-life point. Elements may come and go, but the story remains.
The visual language I have developed through the influence of microscopic imaging of cellular structures, forms culled from social network postings, children’s drawings and the everyday semiotics of early 21st century American culture is to be found in the recent paintings. Everything from devastating storms, the roles played by parents today, and the identification of the female expressed via the clitoral form (opposed to a vaginal form) are part of this story. This story is an expression of the physiological process of seeing, an interpretation of history and of memory, as well as an analysis of the various levels of communication and miscommunication occurring simultaneously within both the individual and the group. The visual language is not just telling the story, it is the story.