Joyce Robins: Interview

Joyce Robins, Big View, 1974, oil on canvas, 50 x 70 inches (courtesy of THEODOR
Joyce Robins, Big View, 1974, oil on canvas, 50 x 70 inches (courtesy of THEODORE:Art)

Phong Bui interviews painter Joyce Robbins about her work on the occasion of her exhibition Paint and Clay at THEODORE:Art, Bushwick, Brooklyn, on view through June 22, 2014.

Discussing her painting process Robbins comments: "I begin with some random marks, which in the first layer can be pretty banal, and then I would slowly add and build up other marks that create unpredictable variations of new shapes. The outlining would come next, further developing the color and helping to make a tight structure. I find, in most cases, that following a method rigorously can lead me to a dead end. I prefer a process that embraces chance and aberration and is, in a sense, illogical without any real progression. Sometimes there is a definite articulation of the shape. Other times the line, like a lasso, will meander and catch another shape. And this can go on for a while, which is very alluring. And this is what keeps my sense of discovery or of learning from the painting each time I am working on it. The painting is often finished when it no longer has anything else to offer me."