Johanna Robinson “Identity Weavers” is a series of seven consecutive paintings that explore the idea of the constructed image. The paintings are a play on the fact that Albatross Gallery is contained within an identification badge. The works consist of intricately cut out vellum silhouettes, which are then placed over a sheet of reflective mylar so that the viewer's own image becomes a part of the piece. Each consecutive painting contains one new element of imagery, so that the viewer's reflection will ultimately become completely obscured. This weaving of imagery against the mirrored surface questions the interplay between objective and subjective perception. Are we the creators of our own identity or is it constructed by some outside force?
Johanna Robinson is an artist from NY who has lived in Portland since 2010 after traveling across the country. She graduated with a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in affiliation with Tufts University in 2007. Robinson works as a photographer by day and spends her free time painting in her studio. She has completed an artist's residency with fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center and shown work internationally in New York, Portland, and Berlin.