Artists of #treatyoskin: Michelle Robinson

This summer, to celebrate the Curology community’s vibrant (sk)individuality, we’re launching the #treatyoskin campaign: a series that’s all about savoring your unique flavor — quirks and all.

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Aug 27, 2018 · 4 min read

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To kick off the campaign, we asked 7 of our favorite artists to share their creative interpretations of sweet treats. Today we’re featuring Michelle Robinson, a self-taught artist of African and Korean descent who lives and works in LA. Her work tends to be striking and bold, a celebration of beauty, identity, sexuality, and humanity, rendered in a vibrant array of colors and textures, such as gold leaf.

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Where does your story as an artist begin?

It begins the moment my mom bought my sisters and I our first box of Crayola 64ct crayons with the built-in sharpener. The rest is history…

What do you hope to communicate through your work?

I want my work to convey a sense of boundless freedom. The freedom to create anything our minds want to. The possibilities are utterly endless and the beauty of the mind is unworldly. I’m just so grateful for the gift of imagination. We all are Imagineers.

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What was the inspiration behind your “treat”?

Often we miss out on the simple joys of life in our quest to be perfect. We sacrifice enjoyment and pleasure, which are fundamental components of living a fulfilling life. So I say, stop being so hard on yourself and indulge until you’re delighted! It doesn’t hurt to treat yourself once in a while. You deserve it!

Tell us about your use of gold leaf.

To me it represents so many powerful things. Gold embodies the sun, triumph, wisdom, enlightenment, and it inspires a deep sense of the self and soul. Its luster is mesmerizing!

Can you share more about your own journey to self-acceptance?

Growing up, it was tough for me to grapple with my identity and self-image. I struggled with these issues like it was a full-time job that I hated and wanted to quit. This longing to be physically appealing to others was a goal that kept me going — not knowing that it was very destructive to my already feeble self-confidence.

I came to realize as I got older that every time I tried to be like someone else, I was losing a piece of my own true identity…and slowly becoming invisible to myself! This was both heart- and soul-breaking. I didn’t want to be a cookie-cutter version of someone else anymore. I needed to regain “ME.” I had to learn to love my body, my personality, myself as a whole for the first time in my life. I became empowered and gained a newfound freedom, and I continue to embrace the ebbs and flows of my body. Not to say that there aren’t days that self-doubt trickles in, but I’m becoming more mindful of those moments and am able to recognize those elusive thoughts. I’m on a journey to lift myself up, not break myself down. And I wish this for everyone going through a similar struggle.

Woman sitting in chair in front of artwork | Michelle Robinson

For more of Michelle’s work —

Instagram: @mister_michelle


We’re giving away an original painting from Michelle!

On Friday, August 31st, we’re hosting a giveaway of “Indulge & Delight,” the original painting Michelle created for our #treatyoskin collaboration. Follow along on Instagram for your chance to win!

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