Have you met…Kathy Robinson-Hays?


An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Kathy Robinson-Hays.

Leftovers    sumi ink & ink on cut paper on Fabriano    22 x 30 inches      2011

Leftovers sumi ink & ink on cut paper on Fabriano 22 x 30 inches 2011

Kathy Robison-Hays is from Winnipeg Manitoba, and lives in Duncanville, Texas.

Artist Statement:

“I am drawn to misfits, outsiders, leftovers, rejects, remnants and samples. Recently I have been thinking a lot about the word obsolete. I have been photographing for the past two years what I see outside the window of the train and bus on my commute to Dallas where I work as an objects restorer/ conservator. The series of photographs is called the Red Line and Beyond. Fragments from what I capture in the photos from the commute end up in my paper pieces. I documented the demolition of Reunion Arena, which was accomplished over a period of months with the roof being brought down by a process called tripping, ending with a controlled drop rather than an implosion. While reading about the process I was struck by a comment that described Reunion Arena as obsolete when it was built. I constantly worry where everything we make and invent in this world will go.”

The Big Swoop    tea & ink on paper     22 x 30 inches     2008

The Big Swoop tea & ink on paper 22 x 30 inches 2008

“Always heavy into self editing and very aware how fast our own work as artists can become obsolete I cut and rescue my favorite characters and elements from my piles of rejects. I try to combine the real, the figurative, the abstract, the organic with the antique and out of fashion. Paint and tea samples are saved, elaborated on and become a focus in the work instead of remaining hidden. Color swatches, doodles leftover shapes from cutting out other elements are retrieved and used to generate new imagery. I have baggies full of the good, the bad and the ugly and everything resulting from just working in the studio. Their easy portability allows me to take them when traveling by plane on trips and work with them again when back in the studio. These cut paper, organza, tea and paint samples reference graffiti, ads, op art and trackhoes along with invented cartoon like characters. I work in a stream of consciousness, collaging my past work as well as creating new elements and choreographing them on a sheet of paper until they feel like they have landed and found their place, creating new scenarios, surreal landscapes and second chances.” KRH

  Column Book     wood, hinges, acrylic, ink, photo transfer, organza    18 x 30 x 15 inches     1996

Column Book wood, hinges, acrylic, ink, photo transfer, organza 18 x 30 x 15 inches 1996

Other material relating to Kathy Robinson-Hays.

Artist Website: Kathy Robinson-Hays.

Ro2 Art: Kathy Robinson-Hays.

Fierce Visits: Kathy Robinson-Hays.

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