"MUTABLE"
 Mixed-Media Paintings by New Zealand artist Robin Kerr

This collection is a selection of work I made over the autumn, winter, and spring of 2021 and 2022. On an almost daily basis, I worked in my small studio which is half of an old garage that hasn't housed a car in decades. It sits beneath the four ancient Douglas firs in our back garden. There are big skylights in the ceiling, a window facing north and french doors that open to the west. It is a tiny space so it is impossible to have more than one person in there at a time, but the windows and doors give it an almost (mini) pavilion character. As I work, the season and its weather are very present.

 

Generally, I think of my work as bold and bright and full of strong primary colors. In this collection, however, there is more variation in shades. A bit like our Pacific Northwest weather in the cooler months; gloomy with mist in the morning, wild with thunderstorms in the afternoon, bright with sun and clear blue skies in the evening. Always changing. Not to be entirely trusted or relied upon. A bit like the current state of the world.

I have discovered, that being an immigrant (regardless of the reason for your move) puts you in a sort of limbo. You are never again entirely home. You are neither entirely here nor there. You are never sure you fully understand what you are seeing or hearing because maybe you missed a vital contextual experience that happened when you were in the other place.

 

I have discovered, that being an immigrant (regardless of the reason for your move) puts you in a sort of limbo. You are never again entirely home. You are neither entirely here nor there. You are never sure you fully understand what you are seeing or hearing because maybe you missed a vital contextual experience that happened when you were in the other place., perhaps even, confusion. Hopefully it also makes the work more interesting because things are not exactly as they first appear.

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