Born and raised in Des Moines, Jane Robinette has lived in Iowa most of her life. Since she was a young girl, she has written poetry and prose and combined her words with color or images. Her love for the written word took priority for many years. After earning degrees in social work and law, and holding jobs for several years in each area, she left her law job in April 1998 to begin the Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project (www.lucidplanet.com/IWA) and to do more creative work of her own. Jane Robinette's paintings are shown at galleries in Des Moines, Ames, and Grinnell, and her website has images and audio clips of her poetry.
Jane Robinette writes: My love for color, rhythm, and language led me to begin making "poem-paintings" small-scale, colorful, abstract paintings that incorporate my own handwritten original poetry. Acrylic paint quickly changes consistency when exposed to air, which helps create interesting shapes and textures when I scrape it across paper. Many of the poems contain a voice that is mysterious, heartfelt, thought-provoking, and inspiriting; a voice that I find is speaking to me as much as to the ultimate viewer/reader...Sometimes I wonder why my poems need color and texture and why my paintings need words and lines. Of course, this is not entirely true, but somehow they call for one another. My job is to create the space for their interplay. This acrylic scraped poem-painting invites the viewer/reader to explore the layers of paint and of life.
University of Iowa. School of Art and Art History
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