Michelle Robinson at Groundwork on the Boardwalk (corner Westminster)
Author | groundwork coffee Date | August 09, 2012
Groundwork Indie Garage
presents Michelle Robinson
Michelle Robinson was born an identical twin in Seoul, Korea in 1982 to a Korean mother and African American father. Shortly after her birth, the army based family moved to the United States where her parents split after a brief marriage.
Michelle lived a somewhat nomadic life growing up, bouncing from one state to another with her two sisters and her single mother. “My soul never really had the chance to settle because as soon as we arrived it was already time to leave,” she explains, “But I thank every passing change, for they have made me who I am today and most importantly, they have made my art what it is today”. Michelle’s tumultuous upbringing has clearly molded her artistic style. “Each new city, new community and new feeling just added to my palette and influenced new ideas”. With only a High School diploma and her unyielding passion for her craft, Michelle continues to strive to leave her mark on the Los Angeles art scene.
Michelle is obsessed with color, patterns and the female form. Natural or unfamiliar, loud or subtle, she creates whimsical interpretations of emotions suppressed and released by using the movement of the female figure as her wholly intriguing and revealing device. The forms carry on the undying notion of fertility, beauty, vulnerability, desire, weakness, seduction and power. Each angle of the body, be it a hand, leg or neck, helps to identify these characteristics. These figures float randomly on a spontaneously complex background of overlaying rhythmic patterns and tantalizing color harmonies. Her almost overwhelming use of repetitious curvilinear lines throughout her artwork helps connect each movement. Michelle describes her pieces as beautifully cluttered and untamed, but there is also a calm and sensual fluidity, that is carried out. Her art leaves the viewer trapped in a light air of mystery and playful enchantment. Her personal philosophy of art is constantly changing and shifting as she is influenced by the world around her. Michelle is an artist because of the endless possibilities of ideas, material and concepts. Her personal goal as an artist stems from everything around us; her interest lies with her senses, what she sees, hears, smells, touches and tastes. Her art is an ongoing conversation with the world around her and she tries to keep it animated. By the end product Michelle hopes to have laid a seed for other ideas to swell and other meanings that are formulated to intrigue her viewers.