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Artist ID: 2310

Regeneration is a series of 30-40 works on paper ranging in size from 6”x 4” to 80”x 60”, all composed of regenerated material: hand-pulled prints, drawings, handmade paper, fabric and thread. Working with a large amount of previously printed matter from years of making prints and teaching printmaking, I began collaging paper bits together. This process was directly inspired by learning quilting and mending as a way to repurpose clothing and other fabrics. I also now use ubiquitous material like cardboard from food packaging and junk mail to create matrices and substrates for printing. When clothing wears out I am turning it into handmade paper, as well as material for print matrices and collage. Prints are becoming collages and collages are becoming color studies for new printing matrices in a continually regenerative process. While the imagery continues to evolve, the forms and patterns reference the collective—how we human beings work and flow together as well as how we war with one another, with other living creatures and ultimately with ourselves. Forms intuitively allude to abode, harmonic flow, overexpansion, explosion and collapse.

Mary Robinson is a Professor of Art and Director of the Printmaking Program at the University of South Carolina. She received a BFA in Art from the University of Colorado, an MA in Art History from the University of Wisconsin, and an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University. Her prints and mixed media works on paper have been exhibited throughout the United States as well as in Australia, Europe and Asia.
She has attended residencies in Belgium, Finland and the U.S., and was invited to be a Resident Artist at the Hong Kong Graphic Arts Festival. Robinson’s awards include a USC Provost Grant to work in Finland and Japan, a Fulbright-Hayes Study Abroad Project in Korea, and a USC CAS Research Initiative Grant and USC Provost Grant for her project Regeneration.

In 2018, she was invited to Norway to create and permanently deposit handmade books in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The same year she had solo exhibitions at the Morris Graves Museum in Eureka, California, and the Western Colorado Center for the Arts in Grand Junction, CO; and completed a community project permanently installed in the Richland County Public Library in Columbia, SC. Her work was recently included in two museum exhibitions: Pressing Voices at the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC; and Happenstance at the Marin County Museum of Art in Novato, CA. Her work can be seen online at her website,, and on Instagram @maryrobinsonstudio .

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