Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College is pleased to present Messengers, a solo exhibition by Robin Whiteman. The show will be up from March 23rd through April 23rd We will host an opening reception on Thursday, March 23rd from 5 – 6:30pm featuring remarks by the artist in the Gallery at 6 p.m.
Messengers is a snapshot of an ongoing series of ceramic sculptures exploring history, personal myth, and states of being. The first works in this body were created in the heart of the pandemic and follow the process of emerging into a new reality. Like devotional images, the figures are an invitation to intimacy and presence. I make these pieces by feel rather than by intellect, following a thread from one to the next, so it's difficult to see them as separate entities. When it’s time to stop working and share, I step back and witness what they have to tell me about my mind and my world.
Robin Whiteman’s ceramic sculpture is the culmination of a lifelong passion for clay. Born in 1972 in NY, USA, she received her degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of American Crafts under the mentorship of Richard Hirsch. She has shown internationally, and in national solo and invitational shows and fairs including Aqua Art Miami at Art Basel and the Chicago Art Expo. In 2018 one of Whiteman's sculptures was purchased for a permanent museum collection. Robin has created and installed ceramic tile murals with the partnership of local schools and their students, and co-created murals for Golisano Children’s Hospital. She has taught all ages as an artist in residence at public and private schools and her own studio, as well as Melissa’s Living Legacy, a teen cancer center in upstate NY. She lives and works in the Finger Lakes region of New York state and is currently represented primarily by Han Feng, NY and Shanghai, and GARDE, TX.