Ann Robinson’s works embody a feeling of grace and beauty which is highly developed and sophisticated in its approach to line, colour and form. Increasingly her newer pieces challenge the benchmarks of form and scale laid down by her earlier works. Robinson’s vessels and bowls are renowned for their profound beauty, organic natural forms, as well as their ability to contain and transfuse a clear and pure light that seems to change with its surroundings, thereby emitting an almost inner glow.
This artwork is inspired by a Transit of Venus that the artist witnessed from her studio in 2012. As Venus passes between the Sun and a superior planet (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, or Neptune), Venus can be seen from Earth as a back dot slowly travelling across the face of the Sun.
The black dot on Robinson’s Transit, Rim Bowl Series represents Venus making this journey. This rare astronomical phenomena generally repeats every 243 years, in pairs of transits separated by long gaps of 121.5 years and 105.5 years. The most recent Transit of Venus occurred on 8 June 2004 and 5 – 6 June 2012, the next will take place on 10 – 11 December 2117 and 8 December 2125.