Johanna Robinson (b. 1985, Mt. Kisco, NY) is a painter whose work explores the limits of constructed knowledge. Within her paintings, imagination is given primacy as a source for truth-seeking and world building. Robinson is a 2018 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s MFA program. Additionally, she has participated in the Turps Correspondence Course for Painters based out of London, UK, and holds a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts with Tufts University. She is the recipient of a Regional Arts and Cultural Council Professional Development Grant in Portland, OR, and an Artist’s Grant from the Vermont Studio Center. Recent group exhibitions include Against Forgetting, Gaa Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Emerge, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA; and Not One But The Other, Art Bermondsey Project Space, London, UK.
Recently I have been concerned with making work that is tactile, creating physical presence through texture. Brushmarks in the ground are left intentionally clunky, giving the image some tooth to sit within and compete against. Narratively speaking, irony and absurdity function as devices to examine the formation of Western scientific and philosophic thought. I try to re-envision such scenarios through a feminist lens.