- Lecturer, First Year Program
MFA, Painting & Drawing, University of Iowa
MA, Painting & Drawing, University of Iowa
BA, Visual Art & Philosophy, Bennington College
In her paintings, Robin Jebavy explores the use of glassware imagery—a reference to our fragile and often precarious human condition—to ask questions about our intimate relationship with the external world. She represents simple vessels that are at once functional containers, symbols of poetic thought and memory, and conduits into liminal, ecstatic states of being to explore the fusion of our inner world’s intuitive, unbounded expanse with domestic, private experience. Jebavy often incorporates glassware forms that call to mind cathedral interiors to intersect the worlds of painting and architecture and conflate monumentality with modest, everyday objects. The delicate, idiosyncratic painted edifices that emerge read as both intensely structured and illusory, psychedelic fragments of experience—elemental, mystical utopias that hover before the viewer.
Robin Jebavy first experimented with the representation of glass at Bennington College where she received her BA in Visual Arts and Philosophy in 2004, and later at the University of Iowa where she earned her MFA in Painting and Drawing in 2008. She has recently shown her work at a number of Wisconsin venues like the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend; the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan; the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center in Brookfield; and the Lynden Sculpture Garden, Portrait Society Gallery, Charles Allis Museum, Haggerty Museum of Art, and St. John’s on the Lake MOWA satellite location in Milwaukee. Jebavy revels in opportunities to show her paintings in large, light, open spaces with high ceilings.