Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Letter from Curator on Dwelling Places

Robin Maria Pedrero paints the spirit and energy of life in rhythmic layers of color.  She responds to what catches her eyes and heart, personifying nature, and evokes a range of moods: 1) beauty, 2) mystery, 3) whimsy, and 4) combinations of the aforementioned. 
The artist has said “I use a symbolic visual language exploring both the visible and invisible creating a commentary on relationships and thoughts.”  Artists create personal languages of symbol and signs, seen in both representational and non-representational work.  Pedrero associates both into images that are captivating and unique.
Robin’s technique has evolved beyond her classical training into a style that emphasizes layered color.  This is a way to build rich hue into areas of color that dates back to the very dawn of easel painting with early oil paintings by both Italian Renaissance painters and notably in the northern Renaissance painter Jan van Eyck, where many films of semi-transparent color create deeply rich results.  The artist recognizes this: “I build layers making connections and a story comes forth and unfolds. The work evolves, and quite often by the time the painting is finished it has a history of stories interwoven in the layers.”  Layered color can also be seen in many significant Modern artworks, notably in the color field paintings of Mark Rothko.
Additionally, Pedrero’s work has a fresh and contemporary flavor, in contrast to its strong traditional technical strengths.  This unity of form and content is particularly refreshing in today’s contemporary art scene.

I was proud to host Pedrero’s paintings and sculpture at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art in an exhibition entitled DWELLING PLACES: Robin Maria Pedrero from September 18 – October 31, 2015.  The work was very well received both critically and in the community.

In addition to these aesthetic strengths,  Robin is an extremely professional and competent business person, qualities not always seen in creative individuals.
Richard D. Colvin
Executive Director/Lake Eustis Museum of Art

1 West Orange Avenue | Eustis FL 32726  | 352.483.2900  |  lakeeustisartmuseum.org

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