Robin Smith-Peck, "The Mixing Chamber," 2015
Robin Smith-Peck, "The Mixing Chamber," 2015, digital medium, archival ink, rag paper, beeswax and resin on cradled panel, 24" x 24"
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 23, 2016, From 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Artist in attendance.
Robin Smith-Peck (MVA University of Alberta) has spent most of her career in northern Canada. She grew up in Goose Bay, Labrador and has taught printmaking in the remote communities of Holman, Cape Dorset and Iqaluit. Currently she is a Sessional Instructor at the University of Alberta. Robin’s practice includes composing with invented theoretical forms to create meaningful sensations.
“The Steamfitter’s Guide” is a product of close observation and careful reflection. This body of prints begins with one visual reference (a book displayed with the exhibition) that is examined, expanded, and layered to produce richness and complexity in images that artist Robin Smith-Peck hopes will show that we may find marvelous things, even in places or times where it is unexpected.
In Smith-Peck’s work we are reminded of cloud forms in weather map scenes. We can think about these vaporous objects as the evidence of a great shift having taken place – matter changed from one state to another by some magnificent force. These images chart paths and document evidence of these forces, as metaphors for how we may be mentally transformed by turbulence in our lives in spiritually significant ways.