The art of Palmetto State resident Mary Robinson, whose dreamlike works evoke images of chaos and elemental forces, will be featured in her Finding Language exhibit presented by the UPSTATE Gallery on Main. The exhibit runs from Nov. 9-Dec. 30, 2017. There will also be an artist’s reception from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 16, during the Spartanburg Artwalk. Drawing upon our complex and tumultuous relationship with nature, Robinson’s artworks invoke both the fluidity of the natural world and the intermittent — and at times dramatic — reconfigurations due to natural disruption and renewal. Often mixing and remixing printmaking matrices along with cutting up and reconstructing prior paintings and drawings, the resulting enigmatic and dream-like images echo the interplay and chaos of elemental forces at work in the world around us. “My work is deeply inspired by natural forms, particularly the branching systems of trees, roots, rivers and human arteries, as well as the elaborate chaos of tangled vines. I observe complex patterns of flowing, twisting fibers, and nature’s mode of creating variety within repetition,” Robinson said. “These forms, along with more geometric, often architectural structures, have become part of a visual vocabulary I use to relay my experience of existence — from conveying the pulse of nature to mirroring humans’ capacity for creation and destruction.” Robinson is an associate professor of art and head of printmaking at the University of South Carolina. She received a BFA in studio art from the University of Colorado, an MA in art history from the University of Wisconsin and an MFA in printmaking from Indiana University. Her work was recently included in Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina at the Columbia Museum of Art and has been exhibited broadly in the United States and internationally.