Kathy Robinson-Hays, Exchange District, 2015
Working for many years as an objects restorer/ conservator has had a profound effect on the way I see things. I am attracted to misfits, leftovers, rejects, ruins and things which have become obsolete. My work collages these elements as well as my own samples and tests, embellishing and choreographing them on paper, drafting film or the wall until they feel like they have landed and found their place. My recurring worries are once we have created things where does it all go, everything from nuclear and toxic waste to our old cell phones, our own artwork - the list goes on.
My old works on paper and the insides/ outsides of security envelopes are cut and reassembled, transforming them into hybrid bird/ animal beings that may end up on organic grounds suggestive of otherworldly landscapes. Certain objects that have been given to me by friends or loved ones take on an almost magical presence. I photograph, then draw and paint the objects placing them in pools of sumi ink and paint.
- Kathy Robinson-Hays, 2014