Hairy Drawing #2, 2019
Digital Ink and pastel
Photo: Courtesy Jarvis Hall Gallery
Acquiring art works by Robin Arseneault has been on the Nickle’s “wish list” following from her 2016 Nickle Galleries exhibition, Onlookers. Hairy Drawing #2 represents her continuing creative practice: one centred on drawing yet encompassing many other ways of working, blending precious and common materials. Robin’s recent studio work includes a suite of ten Hairy Drawings on printed Kinwashi paper, each smudged back into with dry pigments. We are immediately aware of the materiality and tactility to these hairy surfaces. The Hairy Drawings conjure up a disembodied figure replete with hilarity and sensuality.
Robin received her MFA from the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland (2005), was awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award in 2008 and was nominated for the Sobey Art Award in 2007. Her work can be found in the collection of Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Art Gallery of Alberta, Maison Simons Corporate Collection, the Fairmont Hotels and numerous others across North America.