Drawing on my experiences of years spent as a practitioner of cross-cultural shamanic land-based rituals, this work is my response to environments in Iceland, Mexico, Costa Rica, and rural parts of the United States. My costumed nonhuman "creatures" are emissaries or conduits that showcase a feminine relationship with nature and emphasize humanity's delicate interdependence with the ecosystem.
Regarding my fiber artworks:
"Textile handiwork frequently serves as a metaphor for the creation of something other than cloth, whether it is a story, a set of relations, or a worldview. It is through the tropes of weaving, stitching, and knitting, for instance, that we communicate the complexity of our experiences, our relationships, and our desires; in short, we often have recourse to such images in order to make sense of ourselves and others. That these textile metaphors originate in tasks traditionally carried out by women worldwide is not insignificant for Shana Robbins. By incorporating lace and embroidery into her recent artwork, the artist celebrates sewn handiwork as an expression of female creativity, collectivity, and spiritual power. In her performances, the visual syntax of enlacing and stitching combines with Robbins’s own bodily gestures in the celebration of a female genealogy, one that reverberates across time and space. Here patterns are invoked, repeated, and reworked into seemingly endless configurations."
-Susan Richmond, Art historian and author