The McNeely Family Artist in Residence for Fall 2023 is sculptor Robin Whiteman.
Based in Upstate New York, Whiteman’s works often include elements of the surreal. Entirely hand built without the use of molds, her sculptures often portray fairytale-like characters and human-animal hybrids devoid of color and fashioned in delicate porcelain.
Says Whiteman: "My work is meditation. I use human and animal forms to play with notions of duality and 'beingness.' I construct my work slowly, working on several sculptures at a time, allowing the work to ripen with minor adjustments to each piece until finished. The best work comes with
little intellectual thought or planning on my part, more like a conversation with something larger than myself. Myth, nature, children's stories, religious iconography, and art history contribute imagery and inspiration. Ultimately, everything is connected, constantly changing, and utterly
mysterious, and I value my work the most when it emerges from a place of openness and wonder."
Robin spent a week with our students this October, sharing techniques for working with clay by hand.