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Hidden Talents: Robocalifragilistic

By Sharon Birch

Main Floor - Browsing Room
Fall 2007

 Sharon Birch
Robocalifragilistic is a collection of paintings meant to resemble the visual layout of a comic, or a scrapbook or even just a framed-photo covered wall in someone’s house. There is no implied or intended story line – it’s up to the viewer to put together a sequence of their own choosing, which should be interesting since the majority of the paintings consist of robot having fun.

Artist's Statement

 

The robot thing came out of the blue about a year ago.  I wanted to make a comic version of the Bobbsey Twins books -- I thought it would be quite a hoot to take these funny old children's books and turn them into a graphic novel or series of comic books. I never finished the comic, but everything I have painted since then has been influenced by the idea of robots in everyday life.  This collection is meant to resemble the visual and make them into some kind of comic.

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 EverLast Unfortunately, I was stuck with one fundamental flaw to my idea: I can't draw people. Most of the time, I can get around this little hurdle by drawing things that don't require representative precision, but to pull off a comic book with no less than about 23 human characters was just beyond what I could do. I set aside the idea for a while, and then I had a stroke of genius: Robots.  I would make all the characters into robots.
I never finished the comic, but everything I have painted since then has been influenced by the idea of robots in everyday life.  This collection is meant to resemble the visual layout of a comic, or a scrapbook or even just a framed-photo covered wall in someone’s house. There is no implied or intended story line – it’s up to the viewer to put together a sequence of their own choosing. Scuba

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All the paintings are acrylic on canvas. I work in acrylic mainly because I like the speed that this particular medium allows.  I can paint a block of color, and come back in 20 minutes and paint the next color without affecting anything else on the canvas.  This allows for quick, clean paintings and is ideal for my cartoonish, flat style.  While the works that make up Robocalifragilistic are all similar in look and feel, I produce work in a variety of media and styles, from oil painting to digital illustration.  I have appreciated the opportunity this show provided to force me to stick to a project long enough to complete it, and to really push a single idea as far as I could.  I am not done with robots, but I may be ready now to start the comic book!   
 
 
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