Robyn Litchfield

Location: Rum Factory Studios, London

Robyn Litchfield was born in New Zealand and currently lives in North London.

Drawing from archival photographs and personal documents relating to the early exploration and colonisation of New Zealand, Litchfield reimagines and examines the experience of those early forays into a hitherto unknown space. Her paintings envisage how sublime encounters with places; pristine and untouched might induce a transitory state and encourage contemplation and self-reflexivity. 

Litchfield’s practice uses landscape as a ubiquitous template for exploring her personal history, notions of cultural identity, alienation and a sense of belonging. Wilderness is used as the transitional liminal space, which can be seen as a place of disorientation and dissolution of order. Processes such as scraping into the paint, layering and erasure reference the destructive and constructive nature of being in a state of liminality. This space can offer an opportunity for reconfiguring our subjectivity and a reimagining of possibilities.

An alluring luminosity projects through the monochrome images of dense forest. Elements extracted from the documents of primeval landscapes intrude into the space. They act as haunting symbols of loss and longing; for past lives left behind, the dispossessed and the primeval forest. This layer of amorphous red shapes acts like a semiotic screen casting its shadow on the gaze. Through the uncanny layering and the juxtaposition of images, the work encourages the viewer to form their own associations and interpretations whilst engaging with the otherness of landscape through paint.


June 2018 Exceptional, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London

February 2018, M.A. & Other Postgraduates Contemporary Art Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset

January 2018 Clifford Chance's annual Postgraduate Printmaking 2018 exhibition 

October 2017 Affordable Art Fair Graduate Show, Battersea

October 2017 Multi-story, Wilkes St Weaver, Canonbury, London

September 2017 City and Guilds of London MA Show, Kennington St, London

May 2017, Future Histories, Project Space Wapping, London

September 2016, City and Guilds of London MA (Interim) Show, Kennington St, London

March 2016 Elles in Rogue: XX Protagonists, Artworks Elephant. London

May 2015 The Windows are Illuminated, Embassy Tea Gallery, Union St, London SE1

October 2014 We Shall Not Cease From Exploration..., CoffeeWorks Project, Islington, London

September 2014 Mark Wallinger Presents: Best of Bow Arts 2014, Bermondsey Project, London SE1

May 2014 House on Fire, Embassy Tea Gallery, Union Street, London SE1

January 2014, Oh The Places You'll Go, The People You'll Meet, Resouce For London, Holloway Road

December 2013, Off The Ground, Resource For London, Holloway Road, London

July 2013, Threadneedle prize, Mall Galleries, London, (short listed)

May 2013 Libero, One Paget Street, London EC1V 7PA

September 2012 The Other Exhibition, Yu Gallery, Treforest, Mid Glamorgan, Wales

June 2012 Cass Degree Show, London Metropolitan University, London

May 2012 Avant Premier, Arbeit Gallery, London

February 2012 Work In Progress-The Aldgate Project, London Metropolitan University, London

May 2011 Choice, Unit 2 Gallery, London

September 2010 Exhibitionism, Tru Trading Gallery, Commercial Road, London