Robin Doggett makes prints and works on paper inspired by the landscape that surrounds her and the fragile complexities of the human experience. Inspired by natural forms, systems, and patterns her work takes thoughtful aim through an emotive use of color and form.
Doggett lives and works as a full-time artist in a small, rural mountain town in Washington State called Twisp (adapted from the native word for a yellow-jacket wasp). After moving to the area with her family almost 20 years ago, Doggett has pursued printmaking and paper arts, and become a self-taught letterpress printer. The unique experience of living in a small community provides ongoing inspiration and challenge for the artist. Advocating for rural artists and the local arts community is important to Doggett and she actively exhibits in Eastern Washington and contributes work to local non-profit organizations.
Recent work features large-scale monoprints created with shaped plates and photo lithography. In this work, large swathes of monochromatic color create landscape driven imagery that visually explores Doggett’s ideas surrounding resource, value, and commodity. Geometric and organic shapes create compositions that take cues from post modern design; an appreciation the artist associates with her grandfather who was an architect during that time.
“I want to create work that encourages reflection, pause, or circumspection and I’m interested in the interaction of color and shape and how they can convey big ideas and complexity in the same visual space.” the artist states. These concepts of complexity and contradiction, richness and ambiguity, continue to inform her work.
Doggett received a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication from Western Washington University. Before becoming a full-time artist two years ago she worked as a print designer, art instructor, and at a small tree and plant nursery. Doggett is perpetually drawn to learning from her surroundings–she and her husband spend spring and summer evenings in their orchard and vegetable garden, where they often succeed in growing a year’s worth of produce despite their short growing season.