Mimi Robson creates collections of work that balance masterful discipline and spontaneity. Her work, visually and through her practice, becomes a metaphor for the flux within the ocean and our own nature. In this Q&A, we delve deep into Mimi's inspirations and practices.
NCA: MIMI, WHERE DOES YOUR INSPIRATION STEM FROM?
My inspiration comes from nature and the thoughts of time, transience and space which are instinctively evoked. I am especially drawn to moments in nature that make it possible to comprehend vast spaces - a murmur of wind, a breaking wave - where we experience the energy of an expanse. I try to keep my work, specifically my mono prints, vague and quiet, so they do not reveal themselves immediately and open themselves up to a broad range of connotation. I find this allows our inner sense of the endless stir.
The Cornish coast has always been an inspiration and recently I have moved to live aboard a small sailing boat on the River Fal. I see this influencing my current work with suggestions of glistening reflections, dark pools and swollen tides appearing in the imagery.
NCA: WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO PRINTMAKING?
The patience, practice and presence that printmaking requires. It is slow, steady and thoughtful, and requires a great deal of awareness.
Printmaking, as a craft, is a very honest discipline, without fluke. It has to be practiced and honed and mastered so that every print has a great sense of accomplishment - and, I think, a sense of the printmakers devotion.
NCA: WHAT ARE YOUR STUDIO ESSENTIALS?
Printmaking, especially etching, requires a lot of gear; presses, papers, inks, acids, spirits etc, and all at the exact pressure, temperature or consistency. All of those kings are essential for anything to work!
But for me personally, I require a closeness to water and feeling the changes of the seasons or weather. My studio sits on the riverside and I often walk along it during my working day. This keeps me inspired, reinvigorated, and gives me plenty of time to consider the direction of my work.
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