Capturing the human imprint through art


By Tracy Solimeno

SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts

 

CEDAR CITY– SUU’s Department of Art & Design welcomes installation and fiber artist Dr. Stuart Robinson as an Art Insights speaker on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA). Dr. Robinson’s work examines the way in which humans interact with man-made elements and the traces we leave upon them. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

A journey is recorded in the footprints we leave behind. Each of us leaves a trace of who we were and what our lives were like.

 

“My grandfather, who made a living as a farmer and carpenter, enjoyed sitting in his recliner after long, exhausting days,” said Dr. Robinson. “Over time, he left an imprint of his body, head, and hair on the upholstery – a body print that remained long after his death. Images and associations like this drive my work.”

 

Dr. Robinson earned his Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture Education from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Cincinnati, and a B.A. in Art History from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Robinson has taught at the University of Cincinnati, University of Arizona, Fenster High School, Northwest Missouri State University, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art Education at Southern Utah University.

 

In his artist statement, Dr. Robinson says, “In one way, my prints capture the vulnerability, fragility, and impermanence of life, as communicated by feeble positions and fading oil stains. In a different way, they represent a righteous life and a noble death.”

 

His work opens dialogue about the interplay of past, present, and future relationships. They simply and intentionally accept and represent the individual and irreplaceable mark that each of us leaves on the world around us.

Art Insights is hosted during the fall and spring semesters by SUU’s Art & Design faculty. Students and community members meet to partake in presentations and discussions by visiting artists and art educators from around the nation who share their work and insights.

 

For more information on the Department of Art & Design, please visit www.suu.edu/pva.

 

 

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