Robin V. Robinson explores mystery and metaphors found in all forms of life, but focuses especially on the ocean and its myriad of complexities. She is fascinated with the idea of seeing but not knowing and the feelings which result when looking at something impossible to comprehend- when one’s mind fills in the blanks with blind reasoning and unconscious associations.
Robinson embraces the element of chance in creating images in her darkroom. “My time in the darkroom is full of ‘what-ifs.’ I use the experimental nature of chemistry to explore pathways which are magical, alchemical in feeling, transformational in the end. This type of play and chance are what I love about the analog photography process, not to mention a satisfying original print.” Robinson has studied, lived and worked with West Coast photographers on the Monterey Peninsula for over fifteen years. Her studies of depth psychology, music and engineering contribute profoundly to her art.
Her work has been shown in community venues and art galleries internationally, in corporate spaces, private collections and museums. She has received top awards in photographic competitions and her work is in the permanent collection of the Monterey Museum of Art, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France and The Mariners’ Museum in Virginia.
Light Sensitive 2013, Winners Show (3 person), Art Intersection, Phoenix, AZ.
Center for the Future of the Oceans, Monterey Bay Aquarium, CA.
A Sense of Place over Time, McGowan House, Monterey CA.
Dramaquatic, Spanos Theater, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.
Just Fish, The Main Gallery, Redwood City, CA,
Just Fish, World Wildlife Fund Headquarters, Washington DC.
Glories of Gladden, Mexican Embassy, Belize City, Belize, and Placencia Community Center, Belize.
Deep Water: The Open Ocean off Gladden Spit, The Main Gallery, Redwood City CA.
In the Presence of Metaphor, The Main Gallery, Redwood City CA.
Mixed Media Photography, The White Line Gallery, City College of San Francisco, CA.
SELECTED CURATED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Berlin Biennial Fine Art and Photography (Gala Award Winners), Gala Awards, Berlin.
Liquid Light (The Monterey Marine Portfolio), Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX.
Wild Life Beyond Borders, Photo Central, Hayward, CA; Art Ark, San Jose, CA (2016).
Independent Presence, Green Chalk Contemporary, Monterey, CA
Liquid Light (The Monterey Marine Portfolio) The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA.
The Cal Poy Connection, Studios on the Park, Paso Robles, CA.
Deeper: Explorations in Ocean Light, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA (5 person)
Not Kansas: Photographers Explore their Own Worlds, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA.
Exposed, Exposed Gallery, Carmel, CA.
Luminosity: the Art of ImageMaking, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA.
The Otter Zone, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, CA.
Varieties of the Photographic Experience, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove CA.
Frond Memories, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA.
Cheap Shots: Toy Camera Photography, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA.
JURIED EXHIBITIONS and AWARDS
Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Finalist, Fine Art and Landscape Catagories, Gala Award, Berlin, Germany
Light Sensitive Juried Exhibition, Art Intersection, Phoenix, AZ.
Photo Alchemy: Alternative Processes Juried Show,Pajaro Valley Arts Council, Watsonville, CA.
International Juried Exhibition Portfolio Competition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA.
Fauna Juried Exhibition, Photo Alliance, San Francisco, CA.
The Royal Photographic Society International Print Competition (157) – Shortlisted (2 images).
Grand Prix de la Decouverte International Fine Art Photography Award, Paris: 2nd Place Award Seascape/Landscape, and Jurors’ Award of Merit, including exhibition at Paris Salon de la Photo.
Light Sensitive Juried Exhibition, Winner (3), Art Intersection, Phoenix, AZ
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA, Fine Print Artist.
Our World Portfolio Review, juried review participant, Photo Alliance, SF, CA.
Photomedia Center Juried Holga Show, Photomediacenter.org.
2nd Annual Juried Exhibition: Elementals: Earth, Air, Fire and Water, Lauryn Taylor Fine Art, Carmel, CA.
Monterey Museum of Art Biennial, Best Photography Award, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA.
Monterey Museum of Art Biennial, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA.
2002 International Underwater Photographic Competition, Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society (LAUPS), First Place, Creative Freestyle Prints.
Center Awards Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel CA.
Sea 2001, Best of Show Award, Best of Prints Award, Northern California Underwater Photographic Society International Underwater Photographic Competition.
Environmentally Aware Photographic Image Competition (EPIC), International Underwater Competition, First Place, Creative Category; exhibit at Our World Underwater symposium, Chicago, IL
Center for Photographic Art: Center Awards Juried Exhibition 2000, Carmel CA
The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, Virginia; The Monterey Marine Portfolio (curated by Jeanne Falk Adams); Biblioteque Nationale de France; Monterey Museum of Art; Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA; Intercontinental The Clement Hotel Monterey; Photomedia Center, Erie, Pennsylvania; Synopsys, Inc.
PUBLICATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS, JURIES
Rfotofolio.org: Mystery in the Deep, Photographer Robin Robinson, Interview.
Catalog: Deeper: Explorations in Ocean Light, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA, 2012.
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, California; former Education Chair and Board Member.
California Polytechnic State University Liberal Arts College Advisory Board, San Luis Obispo, CA.
Monterey Friends of C.G. Jung, Board member.
Ocean Conservancy: Ocean Photography Contest Juror.
Carmel Art Institute: Pt. Lobos Juried Exhibition Juror.
M.S. Engineering, Stanford University.
B.S. Engineering, Music Minor, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
City College San Francisco, curriculum in photography and mixed media; Foothill College, Los Altos, curriculum in photography and digital photography. Private photography workshops with David Bayles, Martha Casanave, Steve Kiser, Marcia Lieberman, Ted Orland, Tim Rudman, Al Weber.