No Bull, Etching
Robyn’s surroundings, both urban and rural, form the initial inspiration for her etchings. Sometimes the result is translated as a bold, clear single view using one plate, and at other times, multiple plates are arranged with precision on one sheet to create a series of recollections, a narrative of her world-view and experience. She frequently uses the ‘chine colle’ technique to enable finer detail to be lifted off the plate, as well as to add extra colour.
At times, windswept clouds, bent and twisted trees and birds in flight suggest with foreboding, an oncoming storm. At other times, the landscape is calm and quite peaceful – a dog howls in the moonlight, birds perch on power lines beside a paddock, a plane flies overhead above the fence of a suburban backyard. The viewer is able to glimpse an ordinary day through her eyes.
Her work is spontaneous and sensitive, the result of Robyn’s interest in intuitive mark-making and her restricted and controlled colour palette.