I'm such a huge fan of Michelle Robinson's art. As soon as I was exposed to her work (through instagram) I immediately went to her website and purchased two pieces, the Fires are Burning print and the Helping Hand tee, which I love and wore on a trip to San Jose and was perfect with this ring. Her current exhibition"Neither One Can I Spare," a collection of original works of ink on archival paper, explores the idea of the alter ego, the duality that exists in all of us. The simplicity and attention to detail is captivating. Check out her website here and follow her on instagram @Mister_Michelle for more. Below are a few of my favorite pieces.
NEITHER ONE I CAN SPARE EXPLORES THE PERCEPTION OF THE “ALTER EGO”. WE ALL HAVE ONE…SOME ARE MORE DOMINANT OR SUBMISSIVE THAN OTHERS. BUT THIS OTHER SIDE EXISTS WITHIN US AND UNDENIABLY HELPS TO DEFINE WHO WE ARE AS A WHOLE. IN THIS SERIES I WANTED TO SHINE A POSITIVE LIGHT ONTO THE NEGATIVE NOTIONS THAT SOCIETY MAY HAVE OF THE ALTER EGO. INSTEAD OF SEEING THIS ALTERED “YOU” AS A DESTRUCTIVE ENTITY, I SEE IT AS A NURTURING AND CALMING INNER COMPANION, RELEASING US FROM THE CONSTRAINTS OF REALITY, PLAYING PRETEND TO HELP MAINTAIN THE SANITY THAT LIES THINLY BETWEEN THE TWO WORLDS. WE CAN IMAGINE OURSELVES IN THE WORLD OF OUR DREAMS AND REACH OUR GOALS WITH THE HELP OF THIS ALTER EGO. MOST OF THE TIME THE INTEREST OF THE PERSON AND HIS/ HER ALTER EGO ARE THE SAME. THIS THEN BECOMES A COMBINED EFFORT TO HELP US MOVE FORWARD AND BECOME STRONGER. WHEN THERE IS DOUBT OUR ALTER EGO CAN JUMP IN AND PROVIDE CONFIDENCE. AS FREE FLOWING AS THIS SWITCHING OF ROLES CAN BE, WE MUST STAY AWARE OF OUR TRUE SELF AND MAINTAIN BOUNDARIES, GIVING BREATH TO OUR OTHER SELF ONLY WHEN WE PERMIT IT. OUR ALTER EGO SHOULD BE AN AIDING NOT AN OBSTRUCTING COMPONENT TO OUR EVERYDAY LIFE. “I AM THE SUN…I AM THE MOON…EXISTING PEACEFULLY IN A SKY…WHICH THEY BOTH SHARE…TWO SIDES OF MY BEING, NEITHER ONE I CAN SPARE” – MICHELLE ROBINSON
Buy these original paintings HERE.