Statement: The atmosphere of the manufacturing that includes the elements of individuals and machines working together in that environment is my focus. Appropriated images joined with my own imagery create a narrative of layered visual language built from personal memories. The construction of visuals reflects production of machines and workers as part of the industrial building. Scale and treatment of the paper reflects memories of the surroundings of manufacturing and how the regional culture reacts to this process. The impetus of my work is the oral history, the buildings, the machines and personal experience of a shifting industry in North and South Carolina. The stories from family members about life as a woman working manufacturing, and being involved with industry as a textile designer have inspired the installation.
Bio: Robin Childers grew up in Gaffney South Carolina and recently relocated to Maryland. Childers completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fiber arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. Following graduation she worked as a textile designer in apparel and automotive fabrics. This past design work in manufacturing has influenced her recent paintings, screenprints, and installations. Childers studied at Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and Clemson University. Recently, Childers participated in the first Visiting Artist Program at Torpedo Factory Art Center. Her work is part of the SCAD and Target collections.