...lives in Danville, California and is an East Coast transplant as of 2012. She earned her BFA from Moore College of Art and studied at the Barnes Foundation with Violetta De Mazia. Her earliest work was in photography with a focus on experimental dark room processes. After a brief detour through digital media Roberta returned to working with the experimental process in mixed media and painting.
Roberta Welburn-Milstead has won numerous awards, honors, and attended the Maine Photography Workshop Residency. Her most recent solo show was at the Civic Arts Center at Walnut Creek. Her latest work can be seen in January 2017 at Blue Line Arts as part of the prestigious biennial 87-year-old juried exhibition, the Crocker-Kingsley Art Competition.
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Over the years my work in the visual arts has evolved through many incarnations in form and technique. My first love was photography, specifically exploring the possibilities of the darkroom and the alternative process, introduced to me through the history and study of camera-less imagery; originating in the 30’s and 40’s.
While earning my BFA in photography I began to gravitate to graphic design. I then discovered that these two elements…graphics and photography were compatible allies.
As I continued to explore a good fit of how I could combine and embrace a strong interest in imagery, design and color, I moved aggressively into collage… while remaining in & out of the darkroom. During this time I found my work, along with my voice, to be actively seeking a political and social commentary.
It was 4 years ago when I transitioned from the east to the west coast. It was not until I began to acclimate to a new location I would observe the enormous diversity, in a city, I now call home. San Francisco is a blended tapestry of size, shape, color and gender that has forged the work I do today. Words, texture and markings are often hidden beneath a layering process. Under the imagery is an excavated outgrowth of the remnants from my roots in photography and graphic design.
It appears my work has come full-circle. What began as child’s play and non-objective exploration has taken on a more defiant voice and commentary. The world I work, live and play in uses its own form of materials to cover, scratch, and hide. I desire that the strength of my work be a voice, that “stirs the pot” with thoughtful reaction, to both social and political inequality.
For inquiries about my work use the form below or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can call 484.431.7205.