Fiona Robinson’s work is increasingly informed by music. Using the language of drawing she creates an equivalent of, a transcription of, music. It is not a system of notation, not an alternative to a musical score to be re-interpreted, it is a response to the sound. The Claude Debussy drawings follow the free-flowing movement of the composer’s startlingly modern musical language, exploiting his combination of extraordinary freedom and discipline. Lines loop and tangle circling each other in Syrinx and L’Après Midi d’un Faune whilst the drawings of La Mer, capture the tumbling storminess of wild seas. Throughout, mark-making functions as improvisation. Robinson’s drawings present a communication between composer and artist, a conversation between two practitioners, through the languages they use to express their ideas. This is where the music and the drawing connect.
Fiona Robinson RWA is an artist, writer and curator whose practice is primarily drawing-based. Her most recent solo show was Drawing Debussy at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol. Recent group shows include Drawings by European and American Artists at The Drawing Museum Laholm, Sweden, The Drawing Works London, ParisCONCRET Paris, The Baroni Gallery, Mason’s Yard London & Masters Projects New York. She has been the recipient of various awards including the Royal West of England Academy, Open Exhibition Drawing Prize, The University of Bath Painting Prize and the 4th International Biennial of Drawing, Melbourne Australia, Third prize. She has also been shortlisted multiple times for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Sketch Drawing Prize, the Biennial Drawn Open Exhibition at the RWA Bristol and the Derwent Drawing Prize.