Robyn Maree Pickens is an art writer, poet, curator, and text-based practitioner. Robyn’s art writing has appeared in Contemporary HUM, ArtAsiaPacific online, ANZJA, Art + Australia online, The Pantograph Punch, Adam Art Gallery, Auckland Art Gallery, Enjoy Gallery, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Christchurch Art Gallery Bulletin, exhibition catalogues, and Art New Zealand. Her most recent curatorial project was presented at Blue Oyster (“Bright Cave” 2018), Dunedin.
Robyn’s poetry has appeared in Empty Mirror, Into the Void, Peach Mag, amberflora, SAND Berlin, Cordite, Plumwood Mountain, Matador Review, Jacket 2, at ARTSPACE, Auckland, in the Brotherton Poetry Prize Anthology by Carcanet Press (March 2020) and in Fractured Ecologies (May 2020). She was a finalist of the 2018 Sarah Broom Poetry Prize (N.Z) judged by Eileen Myles, winner of the takahē Monica Taylor Poetry Prize (N.Z) 2018, a finalist of the inaugural Leeds Brotherton Poetry Prize (U.K) 2019. Her manuscript was a finalist of the 2019 Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award (NZ). Robyn was longlisted for the Palette 2020 Emerging Poet Prize, a semi-finalist of the 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest (U.S) 2020, and shortlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize (Ireland) 2020. Her poetry criticism has appeared in Rain Taxi and Jacket 2.
Her most recent text-based work was exhibited Te Tuhi (December 2018 – March 2019). Currently Robyn is a PhD candidate in ecological aesthetics at the University of Otago, and an art reviewer for the Otago Daily Times and Art News.
Robyn was awarded a writing residency at Saari Residence, Finland over January and February 2020, and an art writing residency (2020-2021) at Art Residency | Al Balad organised by ATHR Gallery and the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Culture. (Virtual component completed, IRL component pending.)
She is an editor of Swamphen: a Journal of Cultural Ecology (ASLEC-ANZ).
This in-progress website includes links to a selection of recently published online art writing, poetry, essays, and fiction. Thanks for visiting!