Robilee Frederick began her artistic career at the early age of 5 when she started to play the piano. In her teens, she went on to formal training during the summers at Julliard School of Music and received a degree in music from Wellesley College, where she also minored in art. In the 1970's, while raising a family, she focused her creative efforts on the more tactile discipline of painting and attended the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA.
Frederick has always explored new media in her paintings which have been bolstered by three dimensional work as well. While the physical modes of expression have shifted throughout her career, concepts of memory, loss and light have been a constant thread in her work.
For this exhibition, Robilee Frederick continues to explore aspects of personal reflection through a series of paintings that use light as both metaphor and tool. Images of orbs emerging from heavily worked surface are used symbolically. They can be viewed as physical illumination, spiritual light, seeds, amoebas, wood knots, etc. While the circular shapes recur, each painting holds a variation on the theme and creates a unique impression through Frederick’s dynamic use of materials, including oil paint, ground aluminum, gut, seeds, incense burns or torched media.
“The shape of my artistic journey,” Frederick states, “continues to be illumined with the illusive, mysterious quality of light and its transformation into visual experiences. For some time my work has been concerned with memory and loss, with the ephemera of light, darkness and time as metaphors for these human events.”