Steven Robinson

By inflicting pain and damage on the earth, we damage ourselves; geological features and landscapes are affected and eroded by humans. Representing a geological form that appears to be sick or wounded, from a human ailment, like a sickness or a wound, allows a new perspective of the geological form that can be comparable to the human body. Humans must keep their bodies safe and healthy to survive and thrive. Humanity cannot survive without a habitable environment, yet we seem oblivious to the fact that the environment is unhealthy and dying.  

In my practice, compositions rely on process. The surfaces are treated as landscapes and the processes that happen on each surface replicate the geological processes in the environment. Evidence of human infliction on the environment is represented by the artist's hand within the work. Using acrylic, a water-based paint, allows for the medium to be frozen and boiled and used as a tool to create. By using my hands, I take on the role of monumental geological processes and embody these tectonic forces by scraping the ice, or glacier, onto the canvas surface and allowing the painted ice to melt in order to simulate human infliction on various ecologies. The glacial erosion process is translated into my practice; scaled down to create these compositions. It is critical in my practice to alter the canvases by leaving a lot of the creative process to the medium itself.  The artist's hand is evident in the work, but only to represent the traumatic overindulgence humanity has wrought over the environment.  

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Overconsumption

Acrylic, Spackle and Silicone on Canvas

38” x 60”

2021

Overpopulation

Acrylic, Spackle and Silicone on Canvas

38” x 60”

2021

Overexertion

Acrylic, Spackle and Silicone on Canvas

38” x 60”

2021

Steven Robinson_Abyssopelagic Laceration
Steven Robinson_Abyssopelagic Laceration
Steven Robinson_Abyssopelagic Laceration

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Abyssopelagic Lacerations I

Acrylic, Spackle on Canvas

30” x 40”

2021

Abyssopelagic Lacerations II

Acrylic, Spackle on Canvas

30” x 40”

2021

Abyssopelagic Lacerations III

Acrylic, Spackle on Canvas

30” x 40”

2021

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Steven Robinson_Interminate_9.jpg

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Effluviate

Acrylics on Canvas

24” x 36”

2020

Extirpate

Acrylics on Canvas

24” x 36”

2020

Interminate

Acrylics on Canvas

24” x 36”

2020

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Danakil

Acrylics on Canvas

90” x 66”

2020

Steven Robinson_Cryosphere Afflictions I
Steven Robinson_Cryosphere Afflictions I
Steven Robinson_Cryosphere Afflictions I

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Cryosphere Afflictions I

Acrylic, Spackle and Silicone on Canvas

33” x 40”

2021

Cryosphere Afflictions II 

Acrylic, Spackle and Silicone on Canvas

33” x 40”

2021

Cryosphere Afflictions III

Acrylic, Spackle and Silicone on Canvas

33” x 40”

2021