|Rita Robson is a visual artist and printmaker who specialises in the relief techniques of wood engraving and linocut. The prints she makes are often also used for collage onto natural and found objects such as driftwood, fragments of stone or ceramic. |
Robson is particularly drawn to wood engraving as through the ‘letting in of light’ it is possible to create incredibly detailed and atmospheric images, with a tonal range from the blackest black through the greys to the bright white of the paper.
In the introduction to her book ‘A Being More Intense the art of six wood engravers ‘ Jenny Pery describes this perfectly when she writes,‘The crepuscular delights of black, white and grey seem to fire the imagination and draw the viewer into the image’ Pery also writes, ‘The small scale and exacting nature of the medium can liberate the imagination. Whole worlds can be suggested in tiny spaces’. It is these ‘tiny spaces’ which depict imagined landscapes and the architecture and creatures within them, that Robson hopes to draw the viewer into.
More recently as a result of the global pandemic and a collaboration with artist Julie Mayer she has been increasingly drawn to examining plants and other natural forms in very close detail, finding beauty and calm in expressing their abstracted forms.