Robin Jebavy received a B.A. in Visual Arts and Philosophy from Bennington College in 2004, and an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing, with a Sculpture minor, from the University of Iowa in 2008. She has received many awards, fellowships and grants for her work. Jebavy was a 2016 winner of the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship in the established artist category. She has recently been offered a residency grant at Vermont Studio Center, a residency fellowship at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon, and was selected as a Robert Johnson Fellow at VCCA for a 2014 summer residency and was awarded a Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Grant to fund her solo show at ICON Gallery in Fairfield, IA. She has also had solo exhibitions in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Milwaukee, WI. and in Waterford and Waukesha, Wisconsin. Her paintings have been included in group exhibitions in Des Moines, Fairfield, and Iowa City, Iowa; and in Delafield, Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Waukesha, Wisconsin. Robin Jebavy maintains a studio in Waukesha and teaches drawing at Carroll University.
Jebavy begins these complex works by setting up glassware still lives and filling the vessels with various liquids. She photographs the still life, including the shadows cast on the wall, and then builds a montage of the images on Photoshop and projects it onto the canvas using that outline as a reference on which to layer more and more intricate patterns. These paintings frame the idea of domestic interiors as sanctuaries. The sensuality of the glassware holds the history of still life traditions, yet through abstraction and scale, expands the reference to become a mystical sensory experience achieved through the layers of reflection and overlays, light and shadow.
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