Heather Robinson

My painting practice is fundamentally an exploration of surface through pattern, color, and texture. I have a magpie-like attraction to bright, colorful, decorated objects, but an orderly mind, a love for the grid and a strong schooling (from my architectural design studies) to mistrust the superficial. These contradictory urges come together in my paintings. I work in many layers of acrylic media, starting with a repeating fabric design at the base and adding elements both rigid and planned (geometric stencil repeats) and loose and unplanned (drips, washes, crackled layers). Abstracted floral forms and decorative elements make an appearance, like dreams of old-fashioned textiles. With these paintings, I celebrate the surface.

My paintings are all on cradled panel, so they are easy to hang on removable hooks, or display propped up on existing furniture. As my work is influenced by an excess of textile patterns, I plan to cover the bed (and possibly other furniture) with a bedspread made of fabric printed with some of my surface designs. I intend the visitor to be greeted with a near-overload of pattern and color.

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