Today we’d like to introduce you to Robin Speth.
Hi Robin, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I give a lot of credit to my hometown of Ann Arbor, MI for shaping the person I am today. That place, with its wonderful inhabitants and natural beauty, combined with the academic might of the University of Michigan, is a melting pot of different environments, cultures, professions, and beliefs. Growing up there exposed me to huge range of experiences and spectacles that I’m sure provided the foundation for my art and design.
While studying Product Design at the College For Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, I discovered a deep love for drawing, painting, and sculpture. I gradually realized that the field I could be the most useful and innovative in was fine arts. Using the skills taught at CCS, I developed my style and began creating the work that has launched my career as an artist.
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Yes, coming to the realization that being a professional artist can be an incredibly lonely existence was, and still is very rough. The vast majority of the time, solitude is when I’m at my creative best. This means hundreds if not thousands of hours alone in my studio or at a location. It’s so frustrating and depressing because I’m experiencing incredible waves of joy and vitality but generally, I can’t share any of those moments because it will impact the work.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
The primary focus of my work is growth. I find the concept of cells rushing together to form the structures, mechanisms, and beings around us very fascinating. By using drawing, airbrush painting, and sculpture to explore and celebrate that process, I hope to inspire viewers to consider the possibilities growth has to offer.
I believe what sets me apart from my contemporaries is the originality of my style and the application of my chosen mediums. Clearly, I am not the only artist to have distinct imagery, but the way I make my drawings and paintings feels unique to myself. Starting with blank paper or canvas, I use quick, fluid movements and a certain set of lines I call “The Whale” to carve out geometry. This creates an incredibly alive and vibrating effect which I try to captivate the viewer with.
I am most proud of the Chrysalis Captivators Series which are small, 3D-printed portable sculptures. Those have brought me a great deal of joy in my own life and are some of the most innovative pieces I have created.
What makes you happy?
Wandering the sand dunes along Lake Michigan with friends or family makes me very happy. I feel very content in those situations because there’s nothing to do but spew banter and enjoy the world.
A good omelet in the morning really does it for me too.