Description The words in this piece read: A horse is not a donkey. And a donkey is not a horse. This painting is a gem. A happy treasure.Here is what I imagine is unfolding.... ***Which one of us is the horse and which is the donkey?I think maybe we are both donkeys.Maybe we are both horses?Nah, whatever you are, I must be the other thing.Yes, I suppose that is true. ***Since I finished this piece, I have found myself responding to several different situations by thinking to myself, Well, a horse is not a donkey. And a donkey is not a horse.
Melissa Robinson, Central Minnesota Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement I make art for people. Not for galleries. Not to impress other artists. Sometimes just to entertain myself. But mostly I make art for people. Because some connections are deeper than words. Because art is what I have to give. Color feeds me. Heals me. Lines, too. Shapes. Light. Emotion. That is the stuff behind it all. Emotion. Power. Faith.
My work is a way of weaving together the many resources we need to cope with modern life. Virtues and failings balanced with humor and grace. Scrubbing away the gobbledygook to get to the heart of things. The Holy stuff. The pulsing beat of love that sings just below all of our daily concerns. I try to capture that. Even just a glimpse of that. To remind folks - to remind myself - that our lives are not just routines and drivel. Not just responsibilities and duties and things to buy. Our lives are poems unfolding. Beautiful dramas full of unseen forces at play. Our lives are art. God's art. And when my odd little pictures are successful. They give you a moment, a space, to breath in and remember the beauty of life unfolding.
I am eternally grateful for your interest in my work and your support. You make my art (and, so, my life) possible.