Lisa M. Robinson (b. 1968) graduated cum laude from Columbia University and received her MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. After moving to New York, she became printing assistant for George Tice. Awards include a Fullbright Grant, "Top 50 Photographers" chosen by Critical Mass and a nomination for the Santa Fe Photography Prize. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Light Work, an Evelyn Stefansson Nef Fellow at the MacDowell Colony and more recently in-residence at the Pouch Cove Foundation in Newfoundland.
Photographed over the course of five winters, the landscapes in Snowbound are pristine in their sparse whiteness. The minimalist compositions have a meditative quality that causes the spectator to be drawn into the perfected white-on-white. They exude a neutrality of tone in which the ground recedes into the sky, mirroring the envelopment of human presence by the binding snowfall. Accents of colour are signs that betray the empty loneliness; they prick through the whiteness, at times with a surreal incongruity. As quiet observations of our human condition, these metaphorical studies perceptively capture notions of transience, loss and enlightenment.
“Water and the atmosphere are forever shifting, changing in both subtle and dramatic ways. My challenge with Oceana has been to invoke these concepts of shifting time and space while evoking a more intuitive response to the sea. I am viewing the physical world itself with an understanding of its internal transformations and visible signs of upheaval. The images from Oceana are, at times, tumultuous, even stormy. They become painterly in an emotionally charged way—not formally, but like the strokes of a brush. By recalling painterly vistas and historical canvases, these photographs get lost in time themselves”—Lisa M. Robinson.