Featured Artist Robin Jebavy
J.S. Bach‚Äôs Organ, acrylic on canvas, 70x84‚ÄĚ, 2015 by Robin Jebavy
For years, Jebavy, long fascinated by Dutch still life painting, has been reimagining it through a contemporary lens. By replacing the third-person viewpoint found in that traditional aesthetic with a first-person perspective, she removes the gap between the artist and the still life, creating dream-like spaces that oscillate between objective reality and abstraction, image and reflection, figure and ground, and seeing and being, while at the same time paying homage to the intellectual clarity, sensuality, and heightened attention to detail and ornamentation reminiscent of the baroque.
Jebavy works exclusively with glassware because she finds it lends itself well to the painting process by which she aims to represent this mystical self-world fusion. Working with layer upon layer of glassware imagery, she generates atmospheric fields of luminous, chromatically intense, intricately woven crystalline labyrinths that invite the viewer to get lost in and fall into the still life.
In her compositions Jebavy often includes glassware forms that call
to mind elements of cathedral interiors, suggesting their stain glass windows, massive, architectural supports, fine ornamentation, and decorative flourishes, as she builds nearly symmetrical, altar-like spaces that are at once intimate, domestic, banal, and monumental, metaphysical, and transcendental. This radiant ‚Äúcathedral presence,‚ÄĚ in concert with a first-person perspective, is what she hopes will offer the viewer an experience evoking sublime, oceanic feelings of union with the mysterious ‚Äúother,‚ÄĚ of self with the universe.
More of Jebavy‚Äôs work can be seen at: www.robinjebavy.com
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