Robbins creates detailed
environments that offer an opportunity
to contemplate our complex relationship to nature and the cosmos.
Robbins positions hybrid flora/fauna within a space that simultaneously
evokes the deep sea and distant galaxies. By starting with thin washes of
acrylic paint on canvas, each composition begins intuitively. As each thin
layer of paint is added, forms, shapes, and more complex patterns emerge.
While the imagery is often imagined, each painting has a few specific
references that look like so many actual things – algae, cells, coral,
carnivals, fireflies, planets, moons, and star constellations. Moving between
“Jackpot” 26” x 28” Acrylic on canvas
the real and imagined, her process of painting brings together microscopic
and telescopic viewpoints.
Robbins combines oceanic with celestial spaces in order to bring attention
to the wonder found all around us. Microscopic forms are meticulously
layered on the same scale as planets from our solar system to bring
attention to visual similarities of otherwise seemingly disparate details.
Bright botanical colors merge with shapes and patterns derived from
biological specimens and coral reefs to deepen our curiosity about the
world. The paintings respond to biodiversity to bring an understanding or
build a connection to our sense of place in the natural world.
Renee Robbins is a Chicago-based artist who has exhibited widely in
numerous national solo and group exhibitions. She is included in many
private and public collections. This is her first solo exhibit on the West