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Lisa Beth Robinson is the proprietor of Somnambulist Tango Press where she makes artists books (letterpress, papermaking, printmaking), broadsides, fine art, curates exhibitions, and is an associate professor at the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. In the summer of 2015 she began working in kiln-fused glass for an ongoing, collaborative project with sculptor Kristin Thielking. She is a member of the Catching a Wave Collective.

Robinson is a mixed-media artist who is transforming materials physically and psychologically in the pursuit of understanding the idea of reading alongside interpersonal, spiritual, and environmental relationships and their global impact. Her innovative processes employ principles of physics, botany, and Jungian psychology.

She holds a B.A. from the Johnston Center at the University of Redlands and both an M.F.A. and M.L.I.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Her work has been purchased by institutions such as the New York Public Library, the University of Chicago, Brown University, UC-Santa Cruz, Emory University, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


Robinson’s books and bookworks visualize the relationship between language and experience, making connections between disassociated objects and concerns. Her current research interest is colony collapse disorder, both in and of itself and as a metaphor for global sociopolitical acts. Of equal interest at this time is ocean health, sea level rise, and shipwrecks as a reflection of the human condition. Both are being utilized to address climate change. Robinson is extremely interested in the interconnectedness of things. Ultimately, she makes work that reveals itself over time, shifting and layering its nuances and meanings, a projection of language and experience.