Fiona Robinson is a British artist whose primary practice is drawing.
Awards: Drawing Prize at the Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition, Bristol (2011) First Prize in the University of Bath Painting Prize (2007), and third prize at the 4th International Biennale of Drawing in Sydney, Australia (2007). She was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2012), the Cheltenham Drawing Prize (1998), and Rabley Contemporary Sketch Prize (2011) and (2005). She was elected an Academician of the Royal West of England Academy in 2012 and is a Fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation Co. Mayo. Recent exhibitions: Prime Matter at The Drawing Museum Laholm, Sweden - Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition Bristol - Anonyme Zeichner, Berlin and European Tour - Art and Music, Royal West of England Academy and Hauser and Wirth Somerset - Illuminating the Future, Christies, London - ParisCONCRET, Paris - Masters Projects New York – A Significant Curve High Cross House Dartington. She was a selector for Drawn, the biennial Open Drawing Exhibition at the RWA in 2014 and is co-curating a major exhibition for 2016-17 Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter at RWA Bristol. Collections: Polish Art Foundation Melbourne AUS, University of Bath UK, Ballinglen Arts Foundation Co. Mayo IRE, Cill Rialaig Project Dublin IRE. RWA, Bristol UK Forthcoming exhibitions: Drawing to Music Musgrove Park Taunton Sept 2016 – Jan. 2017, The Drawing Works, London, 1 – 19 Sept. 2016
I make drawings that reference landscape, architectural spaces, music and literature focusing on the relationship between repetition, process and denouement across different art forms. Past projects have included: site-specific drawings commissioned by The National Trust for High Cross House, Dartington and drawings centered on the repetition in a short story, La Plage by the French Nouveau Roman writer Alain Robbe Grillet. Recent work prioritises music looking at the interaction between sound, mark-making and diverse drawing materials.
Between 2010 and 2012 my landscape related horizontal lines destabilised and changed direction becoming increasingly abstracted and related to music. Crucial to this development were studies made whilst listening to John Cage’s pieces for prepared piano. Controlled mark-making was balanced with a relinquishing of control which echoed the deliberate randomness of John Cage’s aleatoric (chance) compositions. This immersion in music led to drawings based on Pablo Casals’ passionate interpretation of Bach’s measured Suites for Unaccompanied Cello again searching for a balance of freedom and control allowing certain phrases to emerge as imperatives so that speed, repetition and layering dominated the work.
In 2014 I returned to the horizontal and John Cage through his piano piece, In a Landscape, 1948. I also made two series of drawings of sound in specific spaces, inevitably again exploring the concept of a sense of place. Notes from a Small Room, responds to Gustave Fauré’s String Sonata in A and the echoes of the music within a small studio and Snatched moments is a short moving image piece of close-up stills of drawings done at Chateau d’Oiron in France set to Debussy’s lyrical piano piece Reverie. The drawings in the film were made in different spaces within the Chateau referencing the fabric of the building, its narratives and the sounds of Gavin Bryars site-specific music The Listening Room which was recorded on location at Oiron. I am currently exploring the connections between the music of Claude Debussy and The Waves by Virginia Woolf.