STACEY-ROBIN H. JOHNSON
Welcome to STARO Art, the portfolio of mixed-media artist Stacey-Robin H. Johnson.
Art that celebrates black life, black history, black beauty, and the irrepressible hope that sustains.
Since I first began working in the collage medium, I have come to view it as a metaphor for life: parts of diverse elements come together to create a larger whole.
My work deals with spirituality, relationships and intimacy, historical perspective, social justice, and personal remembrance.
As a Black woman and a Christian, I feel a sense of responsibility to create images that celebrate my heritage and my faith, while being candid about the individual and collective challenges and joys that shape everyday life.
Naturally curious, I am driven to experiment with thoughts, ideas, and beliefs. I don’t believe there is such thing as a ‘new’ idea; there are, however, an unlimited number of possible interpretations of what has always been.
Color is the language through which I convey emotion, mood, and state of being. The intricacy of the methods employed fosters intimacy with the work, which I aim to pass on to the viewer by inviting them to engage with the work visually and intellectually.
I embrace a simple philosophy about art: it need not always make a statement. However, it should always inspire thought and spark a degree of curiosity. This philosophy allows me to indulge my imagination and allow for a large measure of experimentation to find its way into everything I create.
“"Creating art is like raising a child. Seldom does it take the path you've envisioned to meet the expectations you've imposed upon it. Still, you find a way to love it."