Taylor (b.1994) and Connor Robinson (b.1992) are Charleston, SC-based artists creating sculptural mixed media artwork using the moniker visceral home.
Their works interpret the human psyche — for trauma and healing, the passage of time, and the relationship between humans and the natural world. Over the past few years, they’ve honed in on a practice where the married partners collaborate: Connor creates handcrafted frames and surfaces on which Taylor paints abstract images. Their art is a kinship of two individual processes and personal meditative techniques that ultimately combine to achieve one thoughtfully balanced vision. The complexities of coping with cPTSD and substance use disorder are threaded throughout their works, revealing a timeline of visceral indentations of the emotional journey of healing.
They create artwork to cope with the fear of uncertainty. From these monumental moments, a catalog of collections was born, channeling and transforming various emotions into something useful. With time, they let go of situations and relationships that held them hostage, releasing and transmuting that pain as a new creative avenue toward feeling understood, relieved, and valuable.
An abstract expression of the heavy moments that would drown them if there was no cup to pour in. A celebration of the moments of joy and triumph. Their art is a tactile alternative to self-destruction. It is self-preservation. Pouring themselves into creating something that can translate that emotion into a tangible experience that can be visualized and felt viscerally is what they dream of as the ultimate solution to the condition of being human.
The Robinsons experiment with contrasting natural earth compounds and structural elements. Including yet continually expanding: plaster, concrete, rock pigment, exotic wood, driftwood, embroidered or hanging hand-spun yarn, healing crystals, iron, gemstone minerals, ink, oil, rust, sand, and stone. Together, they brainstorm and inspire one another to challenge uncertainty and negative core beliefs, resulting in ever-evolving original conceptual designs. Connor begins the process by building and stretching a canvas using either linen, wood, or metal. Taylor paints, textures, embroiders, and details the paintings. To finish, each painting is built a home, Connor’s hand-crafted frames in which he uses various wood species and woodworking techniques. The goal remains to honor and enhance each other’s works. Taking uncomfortable conversations rarely had and using abstract expressionism as a euphemism, their work offers vulnerability to the viewer to stimulate authentic conversation.
We are inspired by the human condition and how the psychology of design and art influences our everyday lives. We are inspired by how the details within a home can completely change your mood. We are encouraged to create artwork that produces calming waves of comfort when the viewer takes a moment to pause in the present moment, digesting the textural stories embedded within our art. We are passionate about driving the viewer to feel the feelings that wash over them while viewing artwork, especially the emotions they cannot name. visceral home was given its name after being told multiple times our art provoked emotion that the viewer physically felt but couldn’t find the words for. I have found throughout my own personal journey of healing from childhood trauma that feeling you cannot name is the most important. Finding the root of the immediate reactions you experience in day-to-day life are the moments your body is holding onto that likely need healing.
The team uses their trade name, visceral home, to avoid conforming or being known for one particular art form. They consistently expand and evolve their technique, processes, styles, and concepts. In addition to sculptural wall art/installations, the team has been experimenting with building new conceptual furnishing designs. Expanding into furniture design is a focus for the couple, which they plan on launching in late 2024.
With a deep love of interior design and architecture, inspiration naturally blooms after appreciating enriching design concepts. They are motivated by innovative, expressive spaces that marry artistry and functionality. The couple aims to create pieces that feel like investments, not decor. Original works that outlast fleeting trends, especially in this new social media age. Art to pass down and be shared. A visual story that feels just as much your own as it was ours. Their influences in design styles come from various periods, designers, and architects. 1950s-1970s architecture and interiors; Mid-Century, Bauhaus, Scandinavian, Mediterranean, Asian, Japandi, Industrial, and a splash of boho designs. Keeping in mind the spaces their art lands will continue to morph into new personalities, they focus on creating art that can be everlasting through many design changes.
We feel drawn to painting using earth tones, foraging our own pigment in nature, and the designs within wood grains. Intense feelings of joy, pain, craving for authenticity, and connection are motivating experiences that call us to create. Some projects start with fantasizing about the space where Taylor and Connor hope the finished piece will land. They consider the impact and textural components the painting will contribute to the home. They are setting an intention that the right collector will stumble upon it, with an instant visceral reaction, knowing that it is the missing piece. An alignment of intention and faith that has proven effective, time and time again. The space, home, and commercially shared environment the art ends up in is considered even during their most spontaneous works. They are endlessly fascinated by the psychology of how home design can either be therapeutic or detrimental to your mental health. A safe space authentically your own was a dream of Taylors and a wish for all who choose to work with visceral home.
upcoming shows 2024:
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"ACT 1" - Galeria Azur
Solo Exhibition - Madrid, Spain (Feb-March 2024)
Showroom opening - Claudia Leonard Interiors
Vendor - Spring st. Charleston (Feb 1st, 2024 - yearly)
show name tba - Keshet Gallery
Solo Exhibition - Boca Raton, Florida (Spring 2024)
NY ART FAIR- Shared booth
Art Fair New York, New York (Spring 2024)
Translations- Park Circle Gallery
Solo exhibition Charleston, SC (Nov 2024)
The Other Art Fair Brooklyn NYC (Nov 2024)
select completed Exhibitions:
"ART FETE" - The Space
Group Exhibition - Charleston, SC (Dec. 2023)
SuperFine Art Fair
Art fair - Los Angeles, California (Oct. 2023)
"and yet we co-exist" - The Grand Bohemian Hotel Gallery
Solo Exhibition - Charleston, SC (Sept. 2023)
"The Story of Us" - The Visionary Projects
Group Exhibition - New York, New York (Feb. 2023)
"cyber gravestones" - Julia Deckman Studios
Solo Exhibition - Charleston, SC (Oct. 2022)
"One Year Show" GAP Gallery
Group Exhibition - Hed Hi Studios Charleston, SC (July 2022)
"RELEASE/RECOVER" - The Grand Bohemian Hotel Gallery
Solo Exhibition - Charleston, SC (May 2022)
"Made by Makers" SCAD
Group Exhibition - Savannah, GA (Nov. 2021)
"CHARLESTON SCENE" THE PGA TOUR
art show at the VIP golf tent - Kiawah Island, SC (May. 2021)