Name

Mary Robinson

About

I have a particular interest in geological forms and crustacea. I am also drawn to the simultaneous sense of absence/presence in empty houses and buildings. Bachelard, in his book ‘The Poetics of Space’, beautifully describes this attraction:

'The old house is a geometry of echoes. The voices of the past do not sound the same in the big room as in the small bedchamber and calls on the stairs have yet another sound. Among the most difficult memories, well beyond any geometry that can be drawn, we must recapture the quality of light and the sweet smells that linger in empty rooms, setting an aerial seal on each room in the house of memory.'

Education:

BA [Hons] Fine Art & Critical Studies, Central St Martins, The London Institute, 1993
Further & Adult Education Teacher’s Certificate, 1994

Placements:

One year artist placement at the John Warin Infectious & Tropical Diseases & HIV Unit, the Churchill Hospital, Oxford, 1992/93

Teaching:

West Oxon College 1994 - 1996
Sunningwell School of Art, Oxon, 1996 - 2007

Membership:

Member of the Oxford Art Society
Member of West Oxfordshire Arts
Associate Member of OVADA, Oxford

Exhibitions:

Including site-specific work, installations, paintings, drawings and photographs from 1993 at:

The Small Mansion Arts Centre, Gunnersbury Park, London
Modern Art Oxford with the Oxford Art Society
Merriscourt Gallery, Sarsden, Oxon
Open Studios during Oxon Artweeks, [including at Habitat, Oxford]
Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford
The Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
The Said Business School, Oxford
The Woodstock Museum, Oxon.
The Museum of Oxford

Exhibitions 2013:

Feb - Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, London SW3
Apr - Windrush Health Centre, Witney, Oxon, [West Oxon Arts]
May - 'The Romance of Dereliction', The Warehouse, OVADA, Oxford
Sep - The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, [Oxford Art Society]
Oct - Tutors' Past and Present, Sunningwell School of Art, Oxon
Oct/Nov - The Feathers Hotel, Woodstock, Art in Woodstock Festival