Friday, May 29, 2015

Artist Talk Tonight! 5/29/15


Please come to the opening art exhibition and art talk for
Mimesis & Mourning: Insights for Conflict Specialists from Art Practices

3rd Floor of the John E. Jaqua Law Library
From 6 - 7 p.m.


Hope to see you!
Beth



Friday, May 8, 2015

You're invited to my masters thesis events!


You are cordially invited to attend the terminal project defense of

Beth I. Robinson, M.S. candidate
in Conflict and Dispute Resolution Program

"Mimesis & Mourning: Insights for Conflict Specialist from Art Practices"

Friday, May 15th at 10:00 am
Knight Law Center, Room 282

Also, please come to the opening art exhibition and artist talk for my terminal project exploring creative process within the context of grief and mourning.

Date: 5/29/15
Location: 3rd Floor of the John E. Jaqua Law Library
Time: 6 - 7 pm



The Stars are Not: Put Out Every One    


Artist Statement for 
Mimesis & Mourning: Insights for Conflict Specialist from Art Practices




Crow's Shadow


What can conflict specialists learn from artists about grief?  Certainly both professions deal with grief on a regular basis: many mediators work with clients who are dealing with losses and painful issues; many artists recount trauma and conflict in their narrative output. Often confused, grief is the internal feelings of loss, while mourning is the outward expression of grief. What happens if a conflict specialist is working with parties who are grieving and unable to express mourning through verbal communication? I believe that conflict specialists can learn more about the grieving process by examining how artists process grief through visual means of expression. I am a professional artist who decided two years ago to pursue a master’s degree in conflict dispute resolution at the University of Oregon.  Through my thesis project, I have created a research paper with a companion collection of original artwork that attempts to explore the creative process within the context of grief and mourning and its effect in and during conflicts.




One of the Lost Foolish Virgins


Through my artwork, I record emotional responses to the process of bereavement by creating collages and book structures. This recording of mourning started when I was eight. My grandfather, who was my best friend, died unexpectedly. The adults around me were heartbroken at his unexpected death. Even in their shock and awkwardness, they had the forethought to provide me with magazines, glue, and scissors. I learned to be fully present in those sobering moments of youthful innocence about death and refused to lose my sense of wonder. In those moments, I also rejected the dominant narratives about how to act regarding mourning, and I remained open to react in the way that was natural to the way I was feeling. Making meaning out of this bereavement allowed me to reconcile my conflicting feelings about loss and the rippling impacts of harm and confusion from the avoidance culture around me. 




The Gaze of the White Wolf


I had no idea how well these skills would serve me.  Years later, over a five-year period starting in 2005, my father, youngest brother, and mother died. These consecutive deaths gave a deeper awareness of a dominant incomplete loss mechanism leading me to further pursue how bereavement can be facilitated using visual methods and creative thought in mediation with the viewer. Bereavement made me focus on creating more artwork and showing it in a public sphere. Over the years presenting this work, grieving people continually come up to me during my shows, confused by trying to intellectualize their experiences and incomplete relationships with loss and not finding relief. Grief deals with the internal emotion of the heart and the reality of change, this first step is scary to many. Dr. Wolfelt wrote in his 2003 book, Understanding Your Grief, “Our society, western culture, has slowly converted into a mourning-avoiding culture, a culture that attempts to think of death as optional.”  Desiring deeper study of the subject, I entered the University of Oregon’s Law School in Conflict and Dispute Resolution program. 




Diagram: 282


During these last two years of study, my art and bereavement practice included obsessively collecting data, images, and information for the creation of collaged images. On completing my degree, I will have gathered 10,000 images, the largest amount I have ever collected throughout my career. During this process, I was trying to make sense and order of the universe through objects and the collection of data, information and ephemera in an effort to make bereavement visible. By making loss visible, it allows me to emotionally and intellectually continue to self determine new meaning and resolution of experienced change created from loss. This practice supplies a foundation for abstract and intellectual understanding of true self, place and the direct experience of being human, at times a substantial essence being covered over by social conditioning and anxiety surrounding grief.

I see my artwork as a portal for the viewer to witness and experience this collection or cabinet of curiosity about grief and mourning. Though this analysis and reflection, I hope looking at this work allows the conflict specialist to consider the unspoken and hidden part grief plays within conflicts in a prevailing cultural norm of grief avoidance.




All the Best,

          Beth




The May Queen





Friday, December 19, 2014

SMALL PLEASURES INVITATIONAL November 29, 2014 ~ January 17, 2015


My work is included in the Small Pleasures Invitational 2014. 

Hope to see you at one of the events!

Free Events at the Jacobs Gallery

SMALL PLEASURES INVITATIONAL November 29, 2014 ~ January 17, 2015

Special Preview for Holiday Shoppers:
Saturday, Nov. 29 from 11am - 5pm

Opening Reception:
Friday, December 5, 5:30 - 8pm

First Friday Artwalk:
Friday, December 5, 5:30 - 8 pm
Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:30 - 8 pm

Check out this movie from the 
Small Pleasures Invitational 2014 Opening Night!
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Friday, May 9, 2014

Yes, Law school has kept me from blogging... NEW SHOW COMING

Dear all,

So sorry, I have been in a Master's Program in Conflict and Resolution at the University of Oregon Law School. It has been busy, trying and I have learned a lot of new things. I am hoping to bring together art and resolution skills. In the next few weeks, I will be onto a internship with more time for art and bloggin...

For now I will be in a new show 
Curated by my dear friend Moe Bowen...




The Box Show
at the
Opening Reception 
Friday, May 16th, 5 - 8

This show will be highlighting the shadow box tradition while exploring the concepts in and outside the box. I hope to make it down for an artist talk before the show closes on June 20, 2014.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Art Walk is this Friday, Cottage Grove, OR, September 27th from 6 - 8





I will be downtown at



September 27th from 6 - 8

for the Cottage Grove Art Walk.

Work will be hanging for the month of October.


Looking forward to seeing you. Art Walk is
being extended to October and November too!

Print Included in Communities:West Portfolio Exchange





Never Kill Song Birds
14" x 18" William Turner Paper
Digital Collage Mixed Media


I was invited to be a part of the 
"Communities:West" 
Portfolio exchange this fall.

Co-curated by:

Andrew Rice
and
Sukha Worob

The goal of this folio is to get a small but diverse sampling of prints pulled together from printmakers who live and work in the western part of United States.

This folio will be submitted to be a part of the 
It will be held this October in Salt Lake City.



Thank you for inviting me!

Be sure to check out this great event if your in the area!