Fox Galleries is proud to present Fragile by Amanda Robins. As the artist writes:
Every year, I go to Wilsons’s Promontory in South Gippsland, the southern most point on the Australian mainland and a popular holiday destination for many Victorians. I love it there and spend my time painting, drawing, walking, swimming (if its warm enough!) and taking photos. It’s an endlessly inspiring place and I always come home refreshed with a folio of watercolours and photos to be worked on in my studio.
When I was a student at RMIT, we would go to the “prom” as a group to paint and I would set myself up in front of the brooding mountains, beside granite tors or over the dark brown waters of Tidal River to experiment and document the landscape. It was part of my painting apprenticeship and I loved being alone in the landscape, getting lost in the work and in my surroundings. Over the years my practice has evolved and grown and coming back to landscape more recently has surprised and delighted me – the works in Fragile feel freer and more connected – and the ideas and symbols of landscape have renewed my passion for painting.
As well as the “prom”, the works in Fragile also explore the beauty of the Antarctic landscape and of rugged wildernesses such as the Canadian Rockies and the Arctic tundra. I am drawn to the intricate structures and filigree of both mountains and ice and how they carry the brush on and inspire me in painting. I am also fascinated by the shapes and colours of these unusual landscapes and the beauty of their contained spaces – lakes and caves and swirling forms.
The other thing I am interested in is reflection – both in a literal and in a metaphorical sense. The reflective properties of water and ice and the idea of reflection as a part of the work of psychotherapy – and of painting.
The works in Fragile are part of a conversation about connection – connection with myself, of course but also in a wider sense about the connections we have with others, with ourselves and with the natural world that is a part of us.
To view this online exhibition visit our website or come in to the gallery’s stockroom starting 20 October.
2008 House of Phillips Fine Art Drawing Prize
2007 Arts SA project development (new work) grant for Contained Highly commended,
Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, PLC,
Early Career Researcher Award, Art, Architecture and Design, UNISA
2006-2009 Supported researcher, UNISA
2006 NAVA, Artist’s Grant for QUIRK
2004 UNSW COFA Cite International des Arts Studio
2003 Australian Postgraduate Award
2001 People’s Choice Award, Hazlehurst Art Award
1999 Faculty Scholarship, National Art School
1996 Project Grant, Visual Arts / Craft Board of the Australia Council
1994 Alice Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Northern Territory, Highly Commended
1991 Project Grant, Visual Arts / Craft Board of the Australia Council
1990 Christine Abrahams Award, Victorian College of the Arts
Drawing Award, Victorian College of the Arts
1989 National Gallery of Victoria, Women’s Society Award
1986 Works on Paper, Chisholm Graduate Show
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Benalla Regional Art Gallery
Also represented in private collections in Australia and abroad
SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)
2011 Valency, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick
2007 Second Skins MARS Gallery, Melbourne
2006 What Lies Beneath, Tin Sheds, Sydney
2002 Hypochondria Series, Mary Street Studios, Sydney
2001 bodymaps, Mary Street Studios, Sydney
1998 Crawford Gallery, Sydney
1995 Introit, Crawford Gallery, Sydney
1993 Snedronningen, Studio 12 at 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne
1991 Gore Street Gallery, Melbourne
1989 Gore Street Gallery, Melbourne