Scroll down to see a video clip of Robin Jebavy talking about the inspiration for her work.
Robin Jebavy makes paintings with a dizzying, kaleidoscopic impact. They describe a shimmering infinite field, with no apparent limits and a teasingly ambiguous depth of field. Layers of transparent hues are interrupted by shafts of reflected light, creating brilliant highlights within a rich interplay of colors. The effect is almost hallucinatory, like an ecstatic vision composed in stained glass.
She begins each painting by photographing arrangements of thrift store plates, serving dishes, and glasses filled with colored water. By layering and mirroring these images in Photoshop, she creates a structure that can be projected on canvas as a starting point. Working loosely at first, Jebavy gradually builds up the painting, adding new elements as the image evolves. There’s an alchemical aspect to her process, transforming repeated images of cheap glassware into sumptuous, radiant canvases.
Robin Jebavy, Set Table (Prisms), 2016. Acrylic on canvas.
Robin Jebavy, Set Table (Amber), 2015. Acrylic on canvas
RobinJebavy_Rainbow from Wisconsin Academy on Vimeo.