My name is Audrey Robidoux (she/her/hers) and I am currently a Masters of Arts in Teaching candidate at Maine College of Art. I graduated from MECA in 2019 with a BFA in Painting and a minor in Art History. My artistic practice revolves around creating realistic paper flowers, as well as watercolor paintings with elements of paper sculpture, focusing primarily on nature and our connection to it. Growing up in rural Maine, I have a deep connection to the natural landscape around us, and spend most of my free time outside, going on nature walks and river floats, collecting imagery. I love to be near the ocean and in the forest, finding it revitalizing for my wellbeing and creative practice. My process is deeply meditative and intimate, focusing on the small details of a memory in its re-creation, in order to create an object that symbolizes an experience.
I grew up in a rural town in Maine, where my mother was an avid gardener. I grew up reading and crafting and exploring as much as possible. I spent a lot of time in my imagination, dreaming up worlds of mythology and legends and great adventures. Art and writing is a way to reconnect with this mental space as an adult. I consider myself an explorer of mediums, wanting to try and experiment with every kind of art material.
During my early college experience, I enjoyed the open ended-ness of the beginning in a creative process. But when I had to pick a major, I felt confined by the idea of being a working artist in a specific medium or theme. Instead I thought back to childhood and the freedom I felt. I decided to become an K-12 Art Teacher, allowing me to play with endless media and projects, as well as inspire young minds to see the world with a new perspective.
As I now try to navigate this current world as an artist and a teacher, I find these two paths inexplicably intertwined, complementing and growing each practice in tandem.