Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Robinson.
Hi Rachel, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’ve been an artist for as long as I could remember. In my early childhood years, this took place in the form of music and singing – I used to sing and play piano and still do enjoy those things to this day. It’s wasn’t until 2018 that I began to dive into painting and eventually tattooing. In the beginning of 2018, I went through a drastic and traumatic shift in my life, and suddenly I needed more in my life to make it worthwhile. Life felt dull and one-dimensional. I was desperately in search for a deeper meaning to my existence, to connect to something much more vast than what I was experiencing.
One day, on a whim, I visited the American Visionary Art Museum in The Harbor. Their current exhibit was titled “The Great Mystery Show”. The exhibit was on ode to mystery, featuring artwork surrounding the inherent need for humans to search for the unknown, to make a connection with the things that we can feel but not see, and pursuing a relationship with the sacred and the divine. I felt like I had walked into a world that answered my questions, that helped me realize that my search for deeper meaning was not only valid but realistic. It was during this museum visit that I made a decision that my art was born to find these answers.
My art explores spiritual sanctity. It visits concepts of sacred art and expressionism and how to blend the lines between the earthly realm that can be seen and the spiritual realm that cannot. My art is used as a reminder of just how connected we are as people to what we think is unknown.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Definitely not! One of the biggest struggles of being an artist-especially an artist with visibility- is confidence. If I am to be honest, I constantly struggle with the feeling of being “enough”. In a world of social media, it’s so easy to get caught up in the numbers- the likes, the follows, the interactions. There’s been multiple times I’ve had to look at myself and had to ask myself, “Rachel, what is the real meaning behind your art? Is it to be good? Or is it to be authentic?”. Luckily, I’ve picked authentic every time. I’ve had to believe in my vision above everything else-above the money, above the recognition, above the hardships.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am an intuitive painter and most recently, tattoo artist. I’ve been painting professionally for about four years and recently started tattooing this year. I paint primarily gallery-sized artwork, meaning artwork five feet and bigger. In my artwork, I am most relevantly known for my paintings of brown-skinned angels. I often use the feminine body as a subject for these paintings deliberately to place women of color in the forefront of divinity and praise- a space wherein we are more often than not ignored. I believe that women of color have an innate connection to the divine, and so I want to portray that in my artwork.
My tattoos have somewhat of a different meaning but are still in the same realm as my artwork. For me, receiving tattoos have become a form of medicine. They have helped heal me in a way. Now being a tattoo artist, I use the art of giving tattoos as a healing practice. Tattooing and body modification has been used by the indigenous to heal, to adorn, to protect, and otherwise bridge the gap between flesh and spirit. Through things like colonization, this intention has been so diluted to the point where POC have been all but entirely pushed out of the world of modern tattooing. My role as an artist helps to revisit these intentions for BIPOC and using tattoos as a medium for ultimate healing of the mind, body and spirit.
What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
Your spirit has a unique song that it wants you to listen to. Listen to it every time.
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