The Discords drawings are related to music, to the sound and vibration of bowed or struck strings. They developed from a series of plucked string drawings using ink, made whilst listening to the music of John Cage. The rhythm and sound of the strings snapping against the paper was a significant element of the process although the lines originated from drawings of the horizon off the West Coast of Ireland; daily drawings made of the constantly shifting, light and dark colour-greys of that area where sea and sky meet. Referencing the continual movement of the sea the lines became increasingly unstable and in their verticality developed their own autonomy. Exhibited alongside a short story by Alain Robbe-Grillet, about three children walking along a beach, the work exploits the relationship between repetition, process and denouement across sound, text and visual art forms.
Fiona Robinson has exhibited internationally and her work is held in collections in Europe, the US and Australia. She won the Royal West of England Academy, Excellence in Drawing Prize in 2011, the University of Bath Painting Prize in 2007 and was a prizewinner at the 4th International Biennale of Drawing, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia. Her Irish heritage and her love of Ireland's landscape has had a profound influence on her work. She was awarded a Fellowship at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Co. Mayo, Ireland in 2010 and is currently doing her third residency with the Cill Rialaig Project in Co. Kerry.
Discords II, 2012
Graphite charcoal chalk and wax on paper
56 x 56 cm