VAGUE COMMUNICATION, NEW WORK BY ROBIN OSSENTJUK | RECEPTION NOVEMBER 3 | 5-7PM | SANTA FE ART INSTITUTE
Each work in Vague Communication is a direct result of a specific emotion. The making of these paintings is a translation of my emotion and their creation as a cathartic act. Every painting mixes abstract shapes with the most expressive parts of the human body. The composition of the recognizable human anatomy in an environment of abstract shapes creates a surreal realm of visual cues. The human aspect of each piece aims to create space for the viewer to identify themselves in the work and to translate the abstract imagery according to their own visual language. Although each painting correlates to a specific emotion of personal experience, the overall compositions are intentionally vague to prompt personal interpretation. As such, the work naturally exists differently in each viewer’s mind.
Robin Ossentjuk is an interdisciplinary artist based in Southern California. She received her BA in Art from Scripps College in 2017. Despite working in multiple media, much of Robin’s work follows a theme of using disembodied anatomy and abstract forms in an exploration of art as therapy. She has shown work in several group exhibitions organized by groups such as The Balcony, Scripps Student Art Collective, and the 5C Mental Health Alliance. Most recently, her work was shown in the group exhibition Forming the Immaterial at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery in Claremont, California, April 2017. She was also awarded the Lucia Suffel Craft Award in the Spring of 2017, given annually to an outstanding student in the field of art. Vague Communication is her first solo exhibition at the Santa Fe Art Institute.