Acrylic and pencil on MDF board
38 x 30 inches
My work takes inspiration from geometry. For me the square and the circle are starting points. And ending points. The square, defined by the horizontal and the vertical: it’s all you need. The circle: a snake biting its tail; the beginning and end; the still point. Geometric archetypes. But there is no perfect circle; there is no perfect square. The beauty of Pythagoras is within our minds. Rendered by the human hand, the square becomes imperfect, and becomes a part of the human world – where imperfection reigns. The rhythm of imperfection is beauty, where order and chaos dance, and sometimes balance.
Plover comes from a series on MDF/particle board, where the textures of the material contribute to the rhythmic quality of the piece, and the random layering of markmaking and colour.
About the Artist
Robin Kingsburgh is a trained astronomer (Ph.D. in Astronomy, 1992, University College London) and painter. Her artistic education comes from studies at University of Toronto, as well as in the U.K. and France, and has paralleled her scientific development. She currently teaches various Natural Science courses at York University, Toronto. Her scientific background influences her artwork in an indirect, subconscious way, where she employs geometric motifs as a frequent theme. She has longstanding interests in the intersections of art, science and education. She has curated numerous shows and events in the Toronto area, featuring artwork inspired by the ideas and methodologies of science. She is co-President of the Colour Research Society of Canada, and a steering committee member of the Colour Literacy Project, a joint educational initiative of the Inter-Society Colour Council (ISCC) and the International Colour Association (AIC).