Shana Robbins is an Atlanta-based artist who combines studio with performance based practices to address traditions of shamanism through a contemporary lens. Her work aims to create new cartographies that deconstruct and advance themes of: the self as a set of relations--earth-based, cosmic, techno-cultural, technospiritual, intercivilizational, and ecofeminist; ritual as a way of relating with world; landscape as a cultural mirror; the identity of the in-between; and the bodying forth of natural forces. Her performance-based pieces come from 10 years of costumed and nude body work in landscapes around the world and explore many of the above-mentioned themes by embodying the go-between or medium through ritualized movements that explore tension and transformation within meditatively slow, sensual/erotic, and broken gestures.
Robbins has exhibited her work or performed internationally at galleries and museums including Huerto Roma Verde, Mexico City; TRAFO center of contemporary art, Poland; Prospect 3+ (biennial), New Orleans; Atlanta Contemporary (biennial); Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center; Monkeytown, Brooklyn; Mobius, Boston; and Winslow Garage, Los Angeles. Robbins has received fellowships and grants from the Vermont Studio Center, Andy Warhol Grant, and Idea Capital. Her work has been featured in New York Times Magazine and Art Papers Magazine as well as in four books, Viriditas: An Anthology of Contemporary Women Artists, United Kingdom, the Contemporary Performance Almanac, New York, The Art Life: On Creativity and Career, and Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape.