Robyn Thurecht

 Robyn Thurecht is an emerging artist from Canberra working primarily in mixed media, inks and charcoal. She studied for a Diploma of Visual Arts at the Canberra Institute of Technology from 2014 to 2019. As part of her studies, Robyn was awarded a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Mobility Program scholarship to Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Her artworks draw from nature and urban living to create works that are both emotive and observational. “Every mark made on the page, whether the written word or determined line, has a story behind it.” With a background in creative writing, Robyn’s art conveys what she can’t put into words. Using mixed media, she explores themes of identity, connections to places and memory. Her artworks invite the viewer to go beneath the surface of what they see and create meaning from what is hidden or hinted at. Robyn teaches art and writing to children and adults, exploring the connections between visual art and story telling.

The average Australian now spends more time on a screen than sleeping, mindlessly swiping through images that hold our attention for no more than a few seconds. With research showing that people look at a piece of art on average for 15 seconds, what impact does this have on our ability to really see, engage in and appreciate the world around us?  Using shadow boxes to mimic digital screens, my artworks are created with mixed media including inks, paints, textured pastes, pens, stencils and paper. The screen-like presentation draws the viewer in, plays with their expectations of a digital image and instead, confronts them with a multi-layered interpretation of a micro view of nature. The layered effect – both in the assemblage itself and in the textured paper – asks the viewer to pause, look deeper and longer to really see beyond the first glance. Like Matisse, Derain and Vlaminck - the historic ‘wild beasts’ of the art world - I use split complementary colours and simple shapes. Exploring micro images of tree bark, rock ledge tessellations and rock pool pebbles, these bright and unnatural colour choices not only attract the viewer’s eye, but distort their expectation of the natural world. Using organic and geometric shapes, patterns, textures and vibrant colours, I create works that are both observational and emotive, and challenge the viewer to look longer than 15 seconds. What if we were to reclaim just one hour of screen time a day? What would we really see?

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