Approved: 28.09.2013

Katya Robin

Artist

Approved: 28.09.2013

 Themes and motifs recur across my works and projects:

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     Themes and motifs recur across my works and projects:

    Value systems, categories.
    Standard Measures works about units of measurement; COIN/ICON motifs of low value currency; Typecast, a visual reinterpretation of the library catalogue.

    Unpicking symbolism
    Hexopolis about urban hexagons; Queens of Art, redrawing the female Nude.

    Memorial
    Bucket Towers popup memorials; Urn grave goods; Charter Square Sheffield Rising Chartism and Brutalism.

    Ambiguity
    Duckrabbits playing with the Jastrow, Gombrich, Wittgenstein Duckrabbit paradigm; Doppelgänger doubling, passing.

    Water
    Ice Hex, frozen relief; Message in a Bottle, leaflet publication as a contemporary message in a bottle; Buckets placed in public places, notably waterworks.

    Colour Symbolism
    Making ash grey paint in Symbolic Acts;  making pigment for Deadhead Mix; black plants for Urn; Prussian Blue, the colour of blueprints, cyanotypes, poison.

    Research 
    Concrete Hopes, reflecting on Utopian Brutalist developments, and concrete grave goods. I went to visit the quarry and concrete factory at Hope, Derbyshire.

    I work with a spirit of practical investigation whether doing watercolours, acrylics, making paint, garden installation and planting, site visits, textiles, print and design. I also co-run Fulton Verse.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    CV & Education

     2017
    Shards (drawing), included in The Lost Diagrams of Walter Benjamin,  eds. Helen Clarke & Sharon Kivland
    Coin Icon scarves and Rag Tales, discussed in Shoddy Work, Cut Cloth publication essay by Gill Crawshaw

    2016
    COIN ICON Penny Exchange 2 year project received Arts Council England funding, and new designs installed in Penny Press machines at Museums Sheffield
    Report on Knowledge for Sharon Kivalnd's Leeds College of Art Library Intervention, and  Library Game, Chelsea School of Art Library
    Coin Icon scarves and Rag Tales selected for Shoddy, curated by Gill Crawshaw
    Message in a Bottle exhibited in Midlands Open 2016, Tarpey Gallery
    Double Con-Figuration  (collaborative artist book with Lou Hazelwood) exhibited in Unity, Yorkshire Art Space
    Message in a Bottle, Thinking About Duckrabbits, Bucket List, included The Floating Library, Minnesota, (2014-7)

    2015-6
    Poly-Math Continuing Professional Development
    Residency at Ruskin PopUp Museum
    A selection of 7.45 my artist’s books included in The Kippenberger Challenge exhibited at de Appel Library, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten Library, Pierre Kamp Lab, Jan van Eyck Academie
    Contribited to The Editions I and The Editions II

    2015
    HEXOPOLIS, project exhibition for Pages, Leeds Artist’s Book Fair 2015, The Tetley, Leeds
    Symbolic Acts (artist book)  shown in Engagement and Entrapment, curated by Diana Ali, Binyamin Gallery, Tel Aviv
    Damp Edges (textiles) shown  in The Reality of Small Differences, curated by Gill Crawshaw, Leeds

    2014
    Standard Measures 100 feet, shown at Living Numbers, Fringe Arts Bath
    Klub Kube, LoBe Gallery, Berlin

    2013
    Wormhole and Duckrabbit public interventions included in Art: Language: Location 2013, Cambridge
    Reel (3D) shortlisted for ArtLacuna Prize 2013, London, and also shown at Out of Context, Bank Street Arts,  Sheffield

    Collections
    Thinking About Duckrabbits selected for KALEID2015, and  thus acquired by:
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas J Watson Library
    Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection
    Yale Centre for British Art
    Lafayette College
    Swarthmore College.
    Also acquired by Chelsea School of Art Library, Oxford Brookes University Library, Leeds College of Art Library.
    Typecast, shortlisted for KALEID2016
    Bucket List acquired by Oxford Brookes University Library 
    The Editions (ed. Sharon Kivland) held in The Tate Britain Library and Archive, The Tate Gallery Library and Archive,  The Tetley Leeds, and Leeds College of Art Library, Centre de livres d’artistes, France.

    Art Education
    M.A. Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University, 2011–2014
    B.A.(Hons) Painting, St Martin’s School of Art, 1983–6