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New York based artist Colette Robbins’ intricate works on paper lie somewhere between the medium of drawing and painting. Colette painstakingly creates each drawing by dissolving graphite powder with water to create thousands of transparent layers of graphite in a technique borrowed from old master glaze painting. She then takes various erasers and even a Dremel sanding tool to the surface to add highlights and other details. The result is a wondrous world of imaginary landscapes with monolithic heads that may remind you of Easter Island or some other ancient ruin filled with mystique and awe.
This body of work, Archaeological Fiction, includes two different series. One series consists of large graphite paintings that depict intricately textured double faced monolithic structures in rocky sea-worn landscapes. The second series contains a group of paintings of buried heads that are seen from above or from underground and are partially concealed from view by elaborately rendered dirt, sand, or ashes. Both series create fictitious landscapes that evoke the mysterious connection between the heads and their environment. The work asks us to reflect upon what vestiges of our own relationships will endure beyond our existence on earth. The products of industry and culture are often left behind, and monuments to individuals often survive. Our relationships, which are so important to the fabric of our society and everyday lives, are rarely monumentalized and are quickly forgotten. The paintings reference past cultural relics and sublime archaeological sites. -Colette Robbins