October 2020

Nina Marine Robinson




Nina Martine Robinson


I am an emerging St. Paul based contemporary textile artist whose creative process starts with a sewing machine. Neurotangle, created in 2019, is an early exploration into utilizing repurposed clothing as a metaphor for neurodiversity. In 2018, my 23 year old son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically Aspergers Syndrome. Many individuals on the spectrum have self soothing behaviors called “stims.” These repetitive actions help to calm nerves and soothe them during high stress situations. For my son it is the deconstruction of his pants. Consequently, I spend hours mending belt loops, pockets and patching. My recent installation work is a response to this repetitive behavior. The deconstruction of the clothing and the repetitive stitching to create new forms is my expression of Autism and neurodiversity as it applies to my particular experiences. The term neurodiversity was coined to describe variations in the human brain regarding mood, learning, attention, sociability and other mental functions in a non-pathological sense. My goal in sharing these installations is about creating awareness of and being a conduit for interaction between neurotypical and neurodiverse people.