2013 Abstract Paintings/Stories

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Karen Robinson - Abstrast Artist standing next to her Collage Art Work No. 54 'The Notice Board' Sept 2013 at TAC's Picture This Exhibition - Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park, Melbourne - All are images protected by copyright laws.JPG

Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist standing next to her Collage Art Work No. 54 ‘The Notice Board’ Sept 2013 at TAC’s Picture This Exhibition – Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park, Melbourne – All are images protected by copyright laws.JPG

 

About Abstract Painting Portfolio 2013 – Painting Nos. 54 and 55:-

2013, I was in the last semester of studying at Kangan Institute Broadmeadows –  “Advanced Diploma of Justice” and only had time to do two works within that year.  One being No. 54 for TAC’s Picture This Exhibition 2013 and the other a self-portrait no. 55.  Mid 2013 I had completed all my studies successfully.  I look forward to returning my energies back towards my art therapy journey…but with more joy in my heart!

Collage Art Work No. 54 - Title "The Notice Board" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2013

Collage Art Work No. 54 – Title “The Notice Board” Sept 2013
A4 Printed Paper onto Black Board with Notice board Pins and Red Wooden Frame
237cms Length x 125cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Collage Art Work Story: This work consists of a small amount of material that was voluntarily formulated by myself for a monthly news letter called “Driving Safe Alert’ which I email distributed out to government departments, Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV) members and other interested organizations during a 9 month period from 1st January to 1st September 2012. The whole purpose of the newsletter was to raise awareness of road trauma and the ripple effect of Victoria’s road toll on families, friends and the wider community. Whilst many indicated that the newsletter was proving to be most informative, I was finding that the addressing of road trauma continuously was having an adverse effect on my mental well-being – I was being continuously reminded of my son; and the grief and trauma of his death…I had to discontinue unfortunately (Ben was killed in a single vehicle car crash on the 5th November, 2009). This notice board is a very small window into the story of road trauma as a whole. For the last nearly 3 years (2011 to 2013), I have been a Road Trauma Awareness Volunteer Speaker for RTSSV, telling my family’s road trauma story to repeat road traffic offenders, sent to do a Road Trauma Awareness Seminar by the Magistrates Courts. Within ‘The Notice Board’ I am sharing the story that I tell to these young people, mostly young males, just like my son. By sharing my family’s road trauma story about Ben within this ‘The Notice Board’ I hope to show, just how significant road safety is and how we all need to play a part in being more responsible and safe drivers on our roads…in memory of Ben 5th November 2009.
This work was donated to Janet Dore CEO of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Geelong, Victoria (Australia)
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 55 - Title "Abstract Self" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2013

Panting No. 55 – Title “Abstract Self” Dec 2013
Acrylic on Canvas
71cms Length x 81cms Wide x 3cms Deep
Painting Story: This painting is a self-portrait in abstract form. The colours are bright, bold and variable and assist in communicating my feelings. The shapes form parts of my life which have been compartmentalized over the years – sometimes full of joy, sometime full of sadness, grief and despair; and sometimes just the ordinary every day doldrums which we all get to do and experience! My face is painted in one of my favourite colours – lime green. My face does not have wrinkles in real life despite my age, fortunately for me! But my life has, at times wore me down and left many battle wounds on my soul. Hence a demonstration of deeply etched marks on my face in this painting which is representative of my, at times, battle fatigued soul.
Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson
NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

CONCLUSION

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 and my art therapy journey has become an important part of recent years and still will be an important part of my life 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 – March 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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