Reflection and Preparation for Grant Exhibition

Reflection and Preparation for Grant Exhibition

As the grant period is coming to an end, I look back and am very thankful for the people I have met within these few short months and proud of all that I have accomplished. Im grateful for those who made this opportunity happen and for those who help fund the grant which has helped all of us artists purchase supplies and prepare for the final exhibition.

In the next few days leading up to the exhibition I will be making final touches on my collages and preparing them with their hanging hardware.

I am very excited to see what the other nine emerging artists have been working on and am looking forward to an amazing show full of amazing artwork. I cant wait for what opportunities lie ahead.


Mentorship and Accountability

Mentorship and Accountability


I think that having a mentor through out this grant period has been very helpful and is something I would want to continue even after the grant period comes to an end. It is nice to have someone to talk to about ideas and hold you accountable to reach success.  My mentor, Steven Kenny ( https://www.stevenkenny.com/ ), and myself had meetings anywhere from his studio, to a trip to the Salvador Dali Museum where he is a docent. We also went to the Museum of Fine Arts, Creative Morning Talks at Station House and had coffee shop meetings where we went over self promotion as an artist and turning your buyers into collectors as well as many other topics on making sales, bookkeeping and what I want to achieve as an artist.






Sculptural Installations

Sculptural Installations

Over the weekend I was commissioned to create one of my installations in someones home. Any chance I get to put up an installation I absolutely love because its not everyday that someone has 15 feet worth of wall space available to work with! The way I work on my sculptural wooden installations is very similar if not exactly like the process of my collages. I first start with a large sheet of wood and then cut several (usually hundreds) of smaller shapes and sand them to a nice smooth finish. With a finial composition in mind, I then begin to arrange the pieces in layers and attach them to the wall. I use aluminum rod between the two wooden shapes. Finally, I paint the piece, which is the only step different then my collage work as that step is done before the cutting of the paper.

Below are images of my process and finished piece.




Recent projects and upcoming events pt.2

Recent projects and upcoming events pt.2

A current goal of mine is try and get my artwork out and into the world as much as possible.

As of recent, here are a few places/ events I will be participating in:

-I am now showing some of my work in the Florida CraftArt Gallery in downtown St. Pete. https://www.floridacraftart.org

-I also recently became a member of the Dunedin Fine Art Center and will have 3 pieces in the exhibition “You Are What You Eat” Opening September 7th. httpss://www.dfac.org

-In December I will be participating in The Dali Dozen at the Salvador Dali Museum, December 5th, from 6pm – 9pm.  About the Event: “Members of The Dali are invited to a special one-night holiday event, featuring local artists & artisans highlighting their talents in celebration of the vibrant Tampa Bay arts scene. Each of the 12 Zodiac committee members has selected an artist to showcase. Guests will meet, mix and mingle with the artists while viewing their work. Exhibitors include photographers, sculptors, painters, jewelry designers, cake decorators and performance artists.”

and of course the upcoming 2018 Emerging Artist Grant Exhibition!


Something New

Something New

For quite sometime I have been wanting to experiment with bringing a new element into some of  my work. I wanted to bring in an element that people could instantly identify, connect with, and at the same time still represent and be recognized as my “brand” and aesthetic. For the longest time I had a container of rainbow sprinkles in my studio. I always wanted to do something with them but was stuck in my head with ideas I never thought would turn out, look good, etc… the typically inner critic thats in our creative brains…   Finally, I decided to actually MAKE instead of THINK too hard and as simple as they turned out I created these “Sweet Treats”. I first create a fluid acrylic painting, the same way I do in all of my collage work, and within the resin I mix the sprinkles. An idea that was stuck in my head forever, that took just a few moments of actual physically experimenting with, has been in two gallery shows, two gallery shops for sale, and another upcoming show all within two months. I encourage everyone to try something different or try something you have always wanted to do but have yet to try!


Social Media

Social Media

My  influences continue to grow everyday. With social media being very prominent in todays society, it allows for easy access to finding other artists that are out there that you can relate too and who you find inspiring. Personally, a lot of my inspiration comes from these contemporary artists I find through looking on the internet and social media. By looking and reading about all of these artist out there pursuing art as their full time job, it inspires and gives me the drive to work on my own art and continue to create a name for myself as they did, as well as to create a cohesive, recognizable body of work of my own. I think its also important to remember that what we see on social media is a highlight reel of everyone and their work/ accomplishments. No one likes to post their rejection letters! I can even vouch for myself when I say that for every great accomplishment I’ve been recognized for or award I have won there are 10 “thanks but no thanks” in my inbox, but I am ok with that! We live in an age that I believe is the best time to be an artist! People have such easy access to get in touch with you directly and talk about/purchase your art directly from you! Below are a few artists, old and new, that have inspired me over the past few years that I have discovered via social media.

  • The Jealous Curator Blog  https://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/
  • Crystal Wagner (discovered her from a professor in college) httpss://www.instagram.com/artistcrystalwagner
  • Meghan Hildebrand ( contemporary painter from Canada) httpss://www.instagram.com/meghanhildebrand
  • Ashley Longshore (entreprenur wonder woman) httpss://www.instagram.com/ashleylongshoreworld

The list could go on forever!

Follow me at @arirobinsonart 


My Studio

My Studio

Up until the last year or so I never had my own “Studio” space completely designated just for art. Although its not the most glamorous (as my studio is in my garage) it gets the job done and is a large space with everything I need to get create and that I am thankful for. In one corner of my studio I have a wood working area where I make all of my panels for my collages and my installation pieces. This work bench includes anything from handed down saws and tools to brand new sanders and homemade jigs.

In the center of my space is another large work bench that didn’t take very long to break in as it is not covered in paint and is the colorful centerpiece of the room. This table is used for everything from painting to packaging work! The opposite wall is lined with cabinets where I store all of my paint, glue, smaller tools, etc.

Several other areas of the space have several baskets and smaller bins full of colorful piles of scrap papers and paintings.

Below are photos of my studio, including my furry assistant, Luna.


Magnetic Fields

Magnetic Fields

Expanding American Abstraction 1960s to Today

The other week my mentor and I went to the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Pete to see the Magnetic fields exhibit. “The MFA is proud to present the first American exhibition dedicated exclusively to the formal and historical dialogue of abstraction by women artists of color. This important and beautiful exhibition includes works by twenty-one artists, born between 1891 and 1981. The exhibition is organized by Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. It was also shown at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. The MFA is the third and final stop for the exhibition.”

The Magnetic Fields exhibition specifically celebrates the contributions of black female artists who work in the field of abstract art. The show explores the connection between 21 artists by bringing their  paintings, sculptures, and prints into a striking visual dialog.

Below are some of my personal photos of my favorite pieces from the show.





Part of the Process

Part of the Process

My collages grow from plain pieces of flat paper to textured, colorful materials that have depth and a different dimension to them than a traditional two dimensional painting. During this transformative process, materials are built up and established layer-by-layer, until the piece feels grounded. In this way the work simultaneously defines and undermines existing architectures and materializing imagined objects, places, and architecture.



The process of my work is something very important to me as an artist. As I work through the several stages and growth of each piece, by subtracting and adding, deliberating equivocacy with representation, and watching the piece transform is a rewarding and challenging process that in the end sometimes means more to me than the finished piece its self, which in this case is more of a personal component of my work and does not necessarily attribute to the concept nor take away from it.


Color is also a very important component of my work.  Color is something that has this ability to evoke feelings of something transcendent or suggest a transcendent space. Although many viewers usually bring their own experiences to bear while viewing my work, I hope that it will bring awareness to the allure of the ocean, nature, and architecture that is associated and found within and out of world.


Mieux Magazine: Creating a Colorful Dreamscape

Mieux Magazine: Creating a Colorful Dreamscape

I was recently very excited to find out that I had been featured on Mieux Magazines website! For those of you that have not heard of Mieux Magazine here is a little more info:

“Le Mieux (Pronounced Mew) is french for “The Best”, which is exactly what we aim to showcase. Or platform is dedicated to promoting the many talents and mediums of all artists in Florida. Here you will find the best art, music, fashion, and more from upcoming artists in our state.”

Below is the write up on my artwork as well as a link to their site!


Ari Robinson of St. Petersburg is harnessing the power of color and light to create her transcendent works of art. She is a collage and installation artist, whose pieces can be uniquely characterized by soft organic shapes that overlap and trail one another in a close relationship that amounts to a dreamy, most colorful composition.

Robinson’s collages are initially dreamlike and immersive. She plays with colors and the relationships they have with each other in such a way that you can feel your mind wandering down a colorful brick road. Each collage is an accumulation of these vibrant shapes, and each has its own moody vibe. Ah, the power of color. “Paradise” is a dreamy piece that feels like a trip into the cotton candy clouds of a fantasy. Shades of pink consume most of the initial visual, but look closer to see it’s truly a whirlwind of colors. Iridescent paper reflects bright teals and light pinks, while organic marbled designs of orange Creamsicle and violet compliment the stand-out shades. The shapes are layered atop one another and meander in the same direction, almost like scales growing on a mermaid’s tail. The piece is coated in luscious, high-gloss resin, which makes it that much more luminescent.

Similar to her collages, Robinson’s installations are characterized by her distinct amoebic shapes and wandering compositions. She uses painted wooden blocks with softly rounded edges to create her abstract installations. In Robinson artistic style, the blocks are layered on different levels to create a multidimensional composition that literally jumps out at you. One of her works, installed in a beach club and restaurant in Miami, looks like a wave of beautiful sea glass whisking across the wall. This piece has an ocean-vibe color scheme, with variances of blues and teals. It’s surreal and so appealing, as is all work created by Robinson’s hand.



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