Solange Roberdeau

The dream of my life

Is to lie down by a slow river

And stare at the light in the trees–

To learn something by being nothing


—Mary Oliver

Artist Statement


Solange Roberdeau is an artist and freelance art educator who splits her time between Northern California and Taos, New Mexico. From 2006-2012 she lived in New York City and worked as a studio assistant for the painter Robert Kushner, who trained her in his contemporary version of gilding (applying metal leaf to a surface), a technique which she now teaches and uses extensively in her own work.


Solange makes drawings that emphasize slowing down and seeking out the creative potential in our immediate environments. Informed by natural phenomena and material processes, these works consciously promote a tension between serendipity and control, which is expressed through the pairing of organic with geometric mark-making.


Working primarily with silver, gold and copper leaf, sumi ink, acrylic and graphite on wood and paper, Solange makes drawings that speak to the fluid nature of perception. They are existential records of being in a place and with its details, of human gesture and exploration through materiality and form.


Solange Roberdeau, World Through the Body/Body Through the World (1-6), 2020,

sumi ink, acrylic, and 21 karat moon gold leaf on shiramine paper, 30"x170" . Courtesy of the artist.