Robyn Kinsela is interested in interpreting micro and macro textures as well as sounds found in the natural environment. She considers human presence and interference in the landscape and how it has been adapted and changed by people over time. Robyn’s work is created from drawing, photography and memory, then realised as paintings and works on paper, including digital prints. Robyn is interested in surface textures and patterns and the visual communication of the senses of sound and smell. Playing with ambiguities of reality, appearance and illusion, she hones away unnecessary detail in the search for the essential message or feeling through the use of form, colour, tone, texture, contrast, memory and experience.
My interest in the question of ownership of marks and mark-making, has led me to create my own library of visual references with strong influences from the work of other artists, cultures and art movements. By establishing a system of visual cues or symbols I am capturing the intensity of my sense of place.
Whilst artist-in-residence at Gunyah, Robyn plans to continue her exploration of the landscape both past and present, and make new work for her two upcoming solo exhibitions: Depot II Gallery, Sydney, in December 2012; followed by M16 Art Space, Canberra, in 2013.
“There’s a point where you’ve got to interpret the world, not make a replica of it.”
Robyn Kinsela lives in Mittagong and teaches painting, drawing and digital imaging at Goulburn and Moss Vale TAFE. She has studied Architecture, Industrial Design and Art Education, and was artist-in-residence at the Hungarian Multicultural Centre, Lake Balaton, Hungary, in 2007; and artist-in-residence in the Furniture and Design Workshop, ANU School of Art, Canberra, from 2001 to 2006. Robyn has held over 13 solo exhibitions since 1986, the most recent being West of Wilcannia at Form Studio and Gallery, in Queanbeyan. She has also participated in many group exhibitions and has been a finalist in the Fisher’s Ghost Open Art Award, Outback Art Prize, Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, Norvill Landscape Painting Prize, Heyson Landscape Prize, Banyule Works on Paper, Arc Yinnar Drawing Prize, The Island Art Award Tasmania, Geelong Print Award, Hazelhurst Works on Paper Art Award and the 33rd Alice Prize. As an active member of the Southern Highlands Printmakers, Robyn has exhibited in Goulburn Regional Gallery, Campbelltown Regional Gallery and Wollongong City Art Gallery. Her work is also included in the Vario Print Exchange, which travelled to Wales and Hawaii. Robyn’s work has been collected by the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Wales, NSW Historic Houses Trust, Westmead Children’s Hospital and Canberra Hospital public collections, as well as various private and corporate collections in Australia, USA, UK and Hungary.