Time and space underpin Iona’s practice; walking and working in situ, she documents the passing of time in a location and the people who inhabit and move through space. Her repeated visual experience of place and people over time is layered and distilled further into drawings and paintings, and an accumulated knowledge laid down.
The process Iona engages in is fundamentally driven by location drawing and painting. These physically enduring experiences allow her to observe and record the passing of time. Back in the studio, she uses surfaces and memories collected from her location work as a starting point to explore further possibilities. Iona enjoys immersing herself in the physicality of paint, making pieces that reflect the places she has been to. Often, paintings end up looking far removed from their source drawings as the experience has become personalised, allowing the paint to take its own path.
Iona has recently taken part in several residencies including the Iona Hostel Winter Artists residency (Jan. 2017), Royal Drawing School Pignano residency (Oct. 2017), and Richard Ford Award residency to Madrid at the Prado (Sept. 2017). Iona Roberts is a graduate of the Royal Drawing School Postgraduate Programme (2016), and Edinburgh College of Art in Painting (2015). In May 2018 she had a solo exhibition with the Compass Gallery and will be exhibiting with the Arusha Gallery November 2018.