Artist bio

Annie Murphy-Robinson The intent of my work is to allow the viewer to interpret meaning using their own experience. My feelings/ thoughts behind it are directly related to my personal history with the subjects in the work, whether they are animate or inanimate. A certain sadness, hopelessness or resignation seems to always be present, for me it allows for deeper contemplation and to further nurture a dependance on a higher power. I tend to title the work in a very straight-forward manner with a "hint" of where I want to lead the viewer, that way the viewer has access to the image using their own experience. My technique is relatively unknown, I use sandpaper as a medium to embed dry material into heavy paper. Using this technique, I am able to “see” in the dark; I use a myriad of photographic reference for the images of my daughters and I draw from life the images of my old toys and memorabilia. The use of this technique takes the work to a “hyper-real” level and lends itself well to the pervasive feeling of melancholy that exists. My intent is to confront the viewer and ask questions. There is honesty to the work that I can only express if I have a true connection with it. I pick out everything from the outfits and rugs that the subjects sit on to the lighting in order to capture the feeling that I wish to convey for that body of work. I have started to incorporate props as well which leads to a narrative that is also open for interpretation. My art is a diary of sorts, quasi self-portraits that reference my childhood experiences, good and bad.


Emily and the Ram (The Long Journey)



Artist Statement

This is a portrait of a my daughter ( Emily) and a Dall Sheep (ram). I have been a working artist for 20 years discovering and perfecting a new drawing method where I sand charcoal into heavy printmaking paper as a process. I have been drawing both of my daughters all of their lives, documenting both their growth and mine, as an artist. My work is also about what it is to be female. I am influenced by ancient history and strong females of the past, using my daughters to embody their presence.

How it fits into contest

It is my intent with this drawing to demonstrate the spiritual battle found in Ephesians 6:10-20 in a subtle yet powerful manner. Our battle against the spiritual forces of evil is not necessarily other people: it is sin. Sin is often very subtle yet requires great power to defeat it. To fight this evil, the greatest armor one can have is the belief in, and dependance on the power of Jesus. The woman depicted in my piece is choosing to be protected by a majestic, powerful ram. Because the ram leads the herd and is a sacrificial animal (reminding us of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross), the ram is a symbol for Christ taken from the Old Testament.

This woman, although beautiful and mild, is fully armed in any spiritual battle with the ram by her side. The ram is strong and muscular but as a representation of Jesus is much, much more. Through faith, trust and dependence upon Jesus, she is fully armored against sin and the devil"s schemes. As depicted in my drawing, she is confirming the ram's presence and reassuring herself that he is really there protecting her every step of the way on their "Long Journey" together.


Annie Murphy Robinson (artist and photographer ) Emily Murphy (daughter and model)

How to Purchase this Artwork

Prints will be available of original artwork

Other Goods & Services Available from this Artist

direct commissions available, workshops ( all ability levels, 3 and 5 day)

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