The Door

Graphite on Panel
36" x 48"

Growing up on a farm that has been in my family since the 1840’s, I gained an admiration and reverence and bond with the land that so many of my family members have worked. Like ghosts or spirits that walk the place, monuments exist to people long dead. A barn raised by my ancestors falls in a windstorm; a winterkilled field of grass frosted with a light snow cracks like eggshells under my rubber barn boots; a rabbit dies and rots away under a piece of tin to be unearthed. My work is a eulogy, in a traditional sense, to the inevitable passage of time, exploration of place, and an investigation of personal intergenerational narratives. Blood maybe thicker than water but farm soil is thicker than both and ties me the family farm in ways words cannot do justice.

Robert Jinkins is a holds a bachelors in art from the University of Wisconsin Platteville and a Masters in Integrated Studio Art from Iowa State University. He is also an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant recipient. He is a temporary lecturer at Missouri Western University and currently resides in St Joseph Missouri with his two beloved cacti.

(Each juror has awarded a Juror Prize to a drawing that particularly captured them, for any reason. A Fabriano Quadrato sketchbook is given to each recipient of the 2019 MVDP Juror Prize.)