Solace in Familiar Things explores our self-indulgent consumerist society where the products designed for an apparently innocent domestic market are often, ironically, the source of human suffering.
Robyn Gibson’s paintings observe characters in relation to a love for objects we so greedily consume and yet so readily dispose of. Oddly these objects become the accessories of our identity. Gibson makes sense of this anomaly by animating these objects and instilling in them characteristics that evoke emotional response.
These sometimes dark, ironic paintings, drawings and assemblages articulate and bring to life dichotomies which we somehow manage to either accommodate or ignore; pleasure-pain, addiction-attraction, hunger-gluttony, offering an opportunity for viewers to confront their personal contradictions.
Solace in Familiar Things is a collection of Gibson’s work in various media, including painting, sculpture, and drawing, all of which raise significant questions about our apparently consumer-driven society.
Solace in Familiar Things opens at Depot Artspace on Friday 10 November, 6pm-8pm alongside Jacqueline Macleod’s show, Memory for $ale and Beatrice Carlson’s show, Unwearable: 2010 – 2017 Retrospective.
About Robyn Gibson
Robyn Gibson’s artistic career spans over 33 years of exhibiting and participating in installation, painting and assemblage projects in both New Zealand and Australia. She is currently the curator/gallery technician at Depot Artspace, and one of the Depot’s founders.
In 1987 Robyn was introduced to the art world through a friend while living in Mildura, Victoria Australia. Her early works were influenced by the vast spatial geography found in the Australian outback and by the strangeness and diversity of a few contemporary Australian painters she found a strong affinity with at the time; Charles Blackman, Sydney Nolan and Joy Hester.
Robyn completed her B.F.A. in Painting at U.C.N.V Bendigo, Victoria, an affiliate with La Trobe University Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Upon returning to New Zealand in 1994 Gibson completed her M.F.A. Sculpture at Elam School of Fine arts, Auckland University in 2001.