Robyn Field has worked in the Jo'burg arts world for most of her adult life. In addition to her own art career, she has worked extensively as an independent curator and arts administrator. In 2002 she and her husband, Andrew Miller, opened Unity Gallery, a developmental creative space which offered resources to emerging urban artists. Many now professional artists (such as Nelson Makamo, Blessing Ngobeni and Layziehound Coka, among others) sold work through Unity Gallery early in their careers.
During the decade she ran and curated Unity Gallery, Field worked steadily as a professional artist and collaborated with artists such as Mandy Coppes-Martin, Nkosinathi Thomas Ngulube and Lebohang Goge. Her waste and collaborative signature pieces hang at the Joburg Development Agency, Golder and Associates and T systems, among other private and corporate collections.
Since closing Unity Gallery in 2013, Field, whose art historically made heavy use of recycled waste materials, has been painting full time. Her new body of work follows a meditative approach, utilising layers of paint, ink and charcoal on canvas. The work documents and explores the narratives, patterns and colourful strangeness of social debate.
“The meditative approach and use of traditional materials has allowed me time to personally reflect on the details of highly complex issues such as land appropriation and personal political morality. Creating the work is my own comment on the inherent transience and flippancy of much of what passes for political / social debate in 21st century life.”