Robin Pacific‘s work has spanned thirty years and a wide variety of media. In addition to writing personal and critical essays, she has produced artworks in a variety of media encompassing painting, drawing, video, installation, performance, and numerous community based collaborations.
In 2012 Robin completed a Diploma in Spiritual Direction at Regis College in the Toronto School of Theology, and now practices Spiritual Direction one day a week.
She holds a PhD in English Literature from York University and a Masters in Theological Studies from Regis College.
Robin is currently working on a series of art projects with and about garment workers in Bangladesh. In 2013 she invited 30 women to her house in groups of three, to talk about art, fashion, globalization and workers rights. In 2014, she travelled to Bangladesh with community artist Leah Houston and photographer Clare Samuel. They made art with over 100 garment workers. Back in Canada Robin continued making similar work with garment workers here and other interested groups, and returned to Bangladesh to exhibit the work there. She is currently working on art installations to be shown in Toronto, and a consumer activist campaign.
Some past representative highlights:
Uniform: worked with nineteen security guards at the Art Gallery of Ontario and created an installation throughout the gallery, using their words and images
Presence of Absence: led over twenty workshops with members of Bereaved Families of Ontario and members of the Jane/Finch community. Their artworks were published on a website where the public could select one, and memorialize someone they knew who had died. Over 700 people contributed to the memorial.
64 Rocks: collected 64 rocks on the beach at her cottage on Georgian Bay and engraved them with the dates they were found. Exhibited the rocks, paper “ghosts” of their forms, and plaques with their abstracted colours in the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum. Theninvited people to return the rocks to the bay in a “Ceremony of Return”.
Remember Me: worked with two artists who were residents of the Keele St. halfway house for male ex-offenders. Interviewed twelve of the residents and asked them how they wanted to be remembered, and if they were to leave a gift behind, what would it be? Their words were silkscreened on 300 lb watercolour paper; the two artists painted the gifts. The works were exhibited at City Hall in Toronto.