Jennifer Brinton Robkin

Jennifer Brinton Robkin

    Contact Information

    jnbrintonrobkin@gmail.com

    2200 Arch Street, #1105 Philadelphia, PA 19103

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    Photography

    Ceramics

    Artist's Statement

    My interest in photography was reawakened two summers ago, when I attended a class taught by Andy Karr, author of The Practice of Contemplative Photography, at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY. Through his Zen inspired exercises, he taught us to become more sensitive to the awareness of our surroundings, encouraging us “to see the world with fresh eyes.” It was a contemplative method to help us create the space for observation and make us aware of the discursive thoughts that might hinder our process.

    This creative expression involved not only looking deeply, but using all of our senses, seeing with the whole body and mind. In addition, we were encouraged to be curious, tapping into our imagination and trusting the process as well as ourselves. We may not always know the origin of our inspiration, those “flashes of perception,” but to remain present and be guided by the chi or energy of that unique moment between the subject and the photographer.

    There have been other teachers as well, that inform my work, such as my studies in Art History, travel and classic photographers. My subject matter is diverse, ranging from street photography, portraits and nature, to abstraction. Photography is a commitment of passion, to continue to discover new concepts of form and content, what to reveal, the nuance and mystery I wish to create.

    “Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen.” Minor White

    Selected Exhibitions

    2015
    Onward Compé 2015: International Photography Group Exhibition, Project Basho, Philadelphia, PA

    2014
    Dear Fleisher 4X6, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

    Members Exhibition, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA

    Philadelphia Photo League Group Exhibition, Blick Art Materials, Philadelphia, PA

    Members Juried Exhibition: Philadelphia Photo League, PhotoLounge, Philadelphia, PA

    2013
    Members Exhibition, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA

    Small Favors VIII, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Commerce Square Media Wall, Philadelphia, PA

    Philadelphia Photo League Group Exhibition, Blick Art Materials, Philadelphia, PA

    Photography 32, Perkins Center For The Arts, Moorestown, NJ

    2012
    Dear Fleisher 4x6, Samuel S. Fleisher Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

    2010
    Annual Juried Show, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

    Professional Affiliations

    Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
    Project Basho
    Philadelphia Photo League
    Pen and Pencil Club
    Fairmount Photo Club
    InLiquid Art and Design

    Education

    1996
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Certificate, Painting
    Award Elena & Will Barnett Prize for Abstract Art

    1975
    Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA
    BFA, Art History/Spanish Literature