Portrait Gallery: Deborah Robinson
Local artist Deborah Robinson is admittedly different than most people.
For example, when it comes to presents or packages, Robinson, 59, is less concerned with what’s inside than the look of the paper, ribbons, bows or bags on the outside.
“That’s all art,” she said with a smile.
Robinson is a collage artist, mixing a wide variety of materials into her pieces, tempting the viewer to try and guess what she used.
Sometimes, her work is representational. Sometimes, it’s abstract.
“I usually have a nugget of an idea (before I start,)” Robinson said. “But I let the materials speak to me.”
Robinson works with, among other items, tissue paper, costume jewelry, sand and thread.
“I like collage because it engages the viewer,” she said. “They start to look, ask questions, try to figure out what’s all in there, and how it looks the way it does.”
Robinson worked as a librarian until her mid-40s when she retired and had the chance to pursue art full time. She took an immersion class at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, where she settled into collage nearly 15 years ago.
“It convinced me I could be spontaneous with printmaking techniques and combine collage techniques,” said Robinson, who moved to the Grand Valley in 2001.
Her work is on display at the Working Artist’s Gallery, 520 Main St., and No Coast Sushi, 1119 N. First St.
In addition, Robinson is the featured artist for May at Frame Depot, 529 Bogart Lane. An opening reception to recognize Robinson will be from 1–4 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.
To view more of Robinson’s art, go to http://www.debrart.com.