Local artist opening exhibit at Rotary Arts Centre

Cory Hurley cory.hurley@tc.tc
Published on January 11, 2016
Artist Robyn Anderson was busy at the Rotary Arts Centre Sunday setting up for her exhibit “Nature and Other Horrible Things”. It opens today in the Tina Dolter Gallery in the centre with the opening reception slated for Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Robyn Anderson says her art has to be seen to be truly appreciated, so she is really excited to be showing it in her home city starting today.

The Humber Village native specializes in installation art — getting her influence from nature and life in western Newfoundland. She adapts that into drawings, print making and sculpture, creating a spectacle that also has a message about one of life’s struggles.

The Grenfell Campus graduate of the visual arts program, who recently received her masters from the University of Saskatchewan, turns her personal struggle with anxiety into her work using the theme of nature and its perception of a terrible and scary thing.

“Anxiety can be a very positive thing,” Anderson said. “It can spur creativity and it can make you do things, if it doesn’t paralyze you.”

“Nature and Other Terrible Things” will be featured at the Rotary Arts Centre in Corner Brook starting today and exhibited until Feb. 5. The opening reception will be held Jan. 16 from 7-10 p.m.

Anderson has been taking an element of her graduation thesis and expanding it. She says people often view nature as a terrible and scary thing, but she believes that cannot be possible due to the impact humanity has had on nature.

She explores that concept through installation art. Her work explores a confrontation between a wolf-like creature and other beings of part animal and human. It reaches into the idea of who is predator and who is prey.

Anderson, who has been working as a curator at the Glynmill Inn and teaching 2-dimensional design and media at Grenfell, is happy to showcasing her work in Corner Brook. Her only other solo exhibit was her graduation thesis in Saskatoon. It was hard for family and friends to travel so far to see her work, and she says it is not something that is easily comprehended through pictures.

It is excitement she speaks of when she discusses the exhibit. That’s quite remarkable for someone with a history of struggling with anxiety, possibly not what is typically in her nature.