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Robynn Smith

My work is a visual record of my connection to the world. Through pilgrimage to places of historical and psychological impact, I have collected a vast library of images that I use to travel between the present and the past, connecting the dots of humanity’s magnificent opportunities and repeated mistakes.

Contrasting images are used to create detailed comparisons of the wretched and the sublime, light and dark, nature and technology. Lines blur and connections are made. Profoundly spiritual observations are presented alongside the moral bankruptcy of war.

We continue to bait and fear the same things that have brought us to the brink of destruction so many times before: Fear of otherness, scapegoating, greed. Nature is the one thing that connects us all; every person on the earth lives here, on this magnificent planet. Until we truly learn from the power and beauty of the natural world, we will continue to make the same mistakes.

My recent works explore these ideas in a wide variety of media, through physical processes as well as through the use of specific imagery. The images combine with process to form the content. Through the processes of layered techniques, works reveal moments of beauty and horror. Embedded photographic processes help to focus and sharpen the impact of the imagery,

This show explores relationships between these images, using a variety of techniques. A surprising visual language is created, one that reaches places of submerged memory and subconscious reality. Individual pieces present diverse images that, presented in juxtaposition, create a poetic narrative.