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Robin Stemp
July Interior  
I line up objects on a shelf in my studio and watch the light move in through the open windows, with light and objects sharing an equal part in the composition. Maybe my interest in domestic subjects was forged when, as a working artist and mother of three, I had to multi task and could not go off in search of inspiration, and so found it in the things immediately around me.  

Originally a painter, Robin was seduced into photography in the mid 1990’s. However, she still thinks in that way and so her images are intentionally quite painterly. This is quite marked in the interiors, which came about when the American poets, Debora Greger and William Logan found a dolls’ house on a skip and immediately thought of Robin. Because she likes large, almost empty rooms to photograph and she lives in a small house, she has to create her own and these have to be in miniature. By being sparsely furnished ( if at all) they can evoke a mood - which mood is up to the viewer.

As a painter Robin exhibited in the usual exhibitions - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, New English Art Club, Royal Watercolour Society and in many solo shows in Cambridge and elsewhere. Robin’s photographs have also been exhibited widely and are in various public and private collections. Working as an art journalist, meant that she was
in contact with every kind of visual art and this has opened her eyes to all possibilities.

I find digital photography endlessly fascinating, while keeping my eye firmly on what is actually there - hence the titles which indicate time and date and are a record of what was really there. If I have to sum up the one essential point of my work, I would say it is the light and the timing of that light. Light and time and the the idea of something happening now. Not last week, not tomorrow, but now, today, this minute. Even when the backgrounds are painted and therefore not real, they can still be transformed by the light. Now you see it, now you don’t...’


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