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Finlay Robinson

Sydney Grammar School

Artwork title
‘We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full’ Proust
HSC year
2010
ARTEXPRESS year
2011
Expressive form
Photomedia
Artist’s statement

According to Freud, ‘Public self is a conditioned construct of the inner psychological self’. This inspired my exploration of the fundamental duality in all human faces, the disparity between the public, social construct and the private, emotional realm. I wish to obliterate the superficial exterior and to penetrate the real being. Instead of depicting a feigned happiness, my desire is to confront, revealing genuine passion and pain. The pressures of social expectation are embodied by the gel, a suffocating agent of distortion which evokes the troubles of the passage of adolescence, a voyage of rebirth plagued by suffering.


Collection connections

With close analysis of Finlay Robinson’s artwork and Rosemary Laing’s a dozen useless actions for grieving blondes #10, explain how the artists capture the intensity of emotion. Consider the whole composition, including the subject matter, background, lighting and the use of colour and scale.

How do you feel when observing these images? Do you associate a personal experience with them? How would your response differ if each artist depicted happiness?