Artist Exhibitions – 2009

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography and blogging – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!




EXHIBITION:  “Ways Out – Journey through Recovery”

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June 12 – 21 2009, I participated in an exhibition called “Ways Out – Journeys through Recovery” along with other artists Anna French, Naomi Downie, Charlie Armstrong and Eddy Sara.  It was located at Synergy Gallery, 253 High Street, Northcote.  “Synergy Gallery is a non-profit, community run arts organisation which provides affordable and supportive arts spaces” (Synergy. 2014).  In 2009 it was part of the High Street Northcote Visual Arts Festival, Melbourne – Australia.

Synergy. (2013). About Synergy Gallery. Retrieved from http://synergygallery.blogspot.com.au/

High Street Northcote, Melbourne Visual Arts Festival 2009 - 2

High Street Northcote, Melbourne Visual Arts Festival 2009 –

The Northern Exposure Festival “is a street based arts festival presented by the Northcote Business Association.  Local businesses and artists join forces on High Street Northcote leaving a playful trail of discovery for the attentive observer”.

High Street Northcote Visual Arts Festival. (2014). News. Retrieved from  http://highstreetnorthcote.com.au/

High Street Northcote, Melbourne Visual Arts Festival 2009 - 1

High Street Northcote, Melbourne Visual Arts Festival 2009 – 1

It was a great opportunity for me, as an abstract artist, to be part of a community event.  Meeting other artists and exchanging ideas and chatting about my work, was both an enriching and therapeutic experience.  Also having the opportunity to interact with the general public in person, so that I could talk about our art, was enlightening and inspiring.

"Ways Out - Journeys through Recovery" June 2009 - at Synergy Gallery, High Street Norhtcote Visual Arts Festival

“Ways Out – Journeys through Recovery” June 2009 – at Synergy Gallery, High Street Norhtcote Visual Arts Festival

It was my very first time I was exhibiting any of my paintings and their stories in a public forum; and I choose the above and below paintings which I felt most comfortable revealing.  Whilst I was very nervous about doing so – it did give me a greater understanding how people viewed my work and inspired me to continue forward with my art therapy journey…

Synergy Gallery Exhibition 2009 - Abstract Artist - Karen Robinson Painting Nos. 26A & 26B Title - Green Peace & Human Nature 2008

Synergy Gallery Exhibition 2009
Painting No. 26A – Title “Green Peace & Human Nature” Sept/Oct 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
81cms Length x 151cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This two-part painting is about the impact we have on our earth. How the health of our planet is all in our control. How the choices we make on marking its surfaces; and using its resources holds an incredible responsibility. How there is many parts of our planet suffering from our human intervention. And how there are other parts which are sustaining great beauty. My mother said to me once “Life is like a path of snow, be careful how you tread it, for every mark will show”. My painting shows our human marks and the question…are our marks benefiting our earth or making it sick? Hope is expressed in these paintings via the use of bright colours…and in our youth of the future!
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Synergy Gallery Exhibition 2009 - Abstract Artist - Karen Robinson with Painting No. 23 Titled - Related Families 2008

Synergy Gallery Exhibition 2009
Painting No. 23 – Title “Related Families” Jun/Jul/Aug 2008
Acrylic on Canvas
152cms Length x 102cms Wide x 3ms Deep
Painting Story: We had just come out of having a mid-year Xmas gathering. When thinking about our families I was inspired by the unity of our families. During my husband’s cancer treatment this was proven to be just as true! Comforted by the families support and with the knowledge that when it really counts, they will be there for us.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

 

Footnote:

The process of painting, painting story writing and digital photo painting has offered me a way of expressing thoughts and emotions which can be difficult to say out loud.  I also came to understanding that art can be a very powerful way of communicating with others. Therapy via art – gave me a voice…

My art therapy journey has been an important part of recent years and still will be an important part in years to come.  I am hoping that by sharing my art therapy journey, will inspire others, to take up art therapy to find their voice – in order to be able to move forward in most difficult of times.  Art Therapy has brought me now to a much better place where I find myself being able to seek joy in each day.  As an ongoing process, I will be blogging about my art therapy journey “moving forward” and expand on how others have used/are using art therapy to assist physical and emotional well-being.  I hope you will join me!

 


© Karen Robinson – April 2014

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH:  Improving one’s sense of wellbeing using art, creative writing, photography and blogging – my journey written by ©Karen Robinson.  Please click here for my latest blog news!



					

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