Artist Statement on Current Bodies of Work:
'Lately, I’ve been thinking about how we as individuals and as communities are constructed by our stories. The stories we tell and the stories we are told. Our earliest memories are built upon the fables and folklore we hear. They form the foundation of our identity and we return to them again and again. These shared stories become the source for the allegories we map onto our lives.
The images in Riverbed Stories combine my fascination with the language of pattern and motifs created to communicate human sensations like grasping or being carried along by a current of thought or the undertow of a nefarious presence. These are invented worlds created to share our personal myths and our common experiences.' RSP
'I grew up in Labrador and the first memory I have of seeing the name of my home in a schoolbook was in grade 5 History of Newfoundland. I remember reading a paragraph where Jacques Cartier travelled to Labrador and reported back that there was nothing of use there. That it was essentially the ‘land God gave Cain’. I was devastated. Years later, after moving back home, I decided that I would create a body of work built around the land I knew. A land of Labrador tea, fireweed, blueberries and caribou moss. Since then I have returned to the Labrador Tea motif to explore and celebrate its familiar form.' RSP
Robin Smith-Peck (MVA University of Alberta) has spent most of her career in northern Canada. She grew up in Goose Bay, Labrador and has taught printmaking in the remote communities of Holman, Cape Dorset and Iqaluit. Originally born in St. John’s Newfoundland, and now residing in Alberta, Robin Smith-Peck has exhibited her artwork across Canada and internationally. In 2013 she was inducted into the Edmonton Arts and Culture Hall of Fame.