Robin Becker an artist, whose work invites the viewer to inhabit an imaginary space or moment...
"Here to There" Series:
'Coolie'Ellis Island, New York', mixed media collage, 30 x 24 inches.
"Here to There" is inspired by historical and contemporary stories of immigration. I photographed the remarkable window-lit interiors of the Ellis Island Hospital, that is something of a modern archeological ruin. I found the site to be alive and profound, leading me to a fascination with the immigrant experience and the search for the "American Dream.” I searched my family archives and combined those photos with my own panoramic photo-assemblages of the hospital. The incomparable light evokes time and memory; revealing rooms where these people look out at us or sometimes appear floating, ghost-like, and suggests their unknown but universal story.
left to right: 'Waiting to Enter' Ellis Island, New York', mixed medial collage, 24 x 30 inches.,
'Man From Morocco' Ellis Island, New York', mixed media collage, 30 x 24 inches., 'Arrival' Ellis Island, New York', mixed media collage, 24 x 30 inches.
'Dress Above',Ellis Island, New York', mixed media collage, 30 x 24 inches.
"Unexpected Clothing" Series
'Paper Dresses' Vancouver, Canada', mixed media collage, 30 x 24 inches.
"Unexpected Clothing" depicts clothes from all over the world, refracted by light and reflected street images. The "empty" garments imply an opportunity for the viewer to place themselves in the picture surrounded by beauty, or to step into another time and perhaps remake one's own image. These works focus on a person’s choice of self-perception and their own beauty.
left to right: 'Dress of Leaves' Venice, Italy', mixed media collage, 30 x 24 inches., 'Neon Shirt' Oakland, California' mixed media collage, 24 x 18 inches., 'Unknown Kimono' Venice, Italy'
24 x 18 inches.
'Victor Hugo's Paris Apartment' Paris, France', mixed media collage, 30 x 24 inches.
left to right: 'Three Graces'New Orleans, Louisiana'
mixed media collage' 30 x 24 inches,. 'Lyrical Poetry of the Dress', Florence Italy', mixed media collage, 24 x 18 inches.
'Dance Me to the End of Love 'New Orleans, Louisiana'
mixed media collage' 30 x 24 inches.
"Illuminating Passages" Series:
'Paris Journey' Paris France', mixed media collage, 24 x 30 inches.
“Illuminated Passageways” evokes the feeling of an empty space waiting for an inhabitant. I am particularly drawn to architecture that awakens an emotional or psychological space with shafts of light, indirect light, reflected light, or bounced light.
left to right: 'Ghost Chair' Greece' mixed media collage, 24 x 18 inches., 'I Know These Steps' Oaxaca, Mexico', mixed media collage,
30 x 24 inches., 'Shells By the Pool' Montecito, California', mixed media collage, 30 x 24 inches.
'Pool Above the Clouds', Santa Barbara, California', mixed media collage, 18 x 24 inches.
'White Window' Greece', mixed media collage, 30 x 24 inches.
Robin Becker has exhibited her work internationally and nationally including:
The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Koehler Company Gallery, Sheboygan, WI
Arizona State University Museum Gallery, Tempe, AZ
Battle Creek Art Museum, Battle Creek, MI
Brunnier Art Museum, Ames, Iowa
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Museum Gallery, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Louisville School of Arts Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky
Mitchell Museum Main Gallery, Mt Vernon, IL
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, Indiana
University of Louisville Main Art Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky
Southern Illinois University Museum, Carbondale, IL
Tucson Museum, Tucson, AZ
Aoyma Gallery, Aoyma, Japan
Heartland Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Nakazawa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Her work is in private and public collections of: the Atlanta Power Company, Atlanta, Georgia; Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, and various private collections in the USA, France, Germany, and Japan.
Robin received her BFA in Printmaking and studied architecture at Arizona State University. She achieved her MFA in Fibers and Photography from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Announcement: Current Exhibition
'Cosmic Threads' Weaving As Cosmological Act'
July 18 thru August 27
Opening Reception: Friday July 21 5 - 8 pm
Electra Gallery 825 Early Street, Ste. D, Santa Fe, New Mexico
'Just A Dream', silk weaving with photo imagery on cloth, hand dyed silk.
'Skylight Blindness', silk weaving with photo imagery on cloth.
Robin Becker in her studio. 2023