I create detailed environments that offer a place to consider our complex relationship to nature and the cosmos. Life presents enchanting explorations through tiny cells, flowering botanicals, rare specimens, brilliant carnivals, and celestial bodies. I position hybrid flora/fauna within a space that simultaneously evokes the deep sea and the cosmos. Moving between the real and imagined, my painting process brings together microscopic and telescopic viewpoints. Quantum particles have their own set of guiding principles, such as in atoms, where electrons and protons cannot touch each other. It’s impossible to observe this happening with the naked eye. In a similar way, black holes are guided by their own set of rules and principles. No one has actually seen a black hole or quantum particles but there’s evidence to suggest their existence. By creating associations between things that are seemingly disparate, like stars and plankton, the work presents a question or sparks a curiosity about the world. In this way, my paintings respond to biodiversity, in order to bring an understanding or build a connection with our sense of place in the natural world.
Renee Robbins is a Chicago-based visual artist who focuses on depicting micro to macro relationships. She has exhibited widely, including exhibitions at Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL; Firecat Projects, Chicago, IL; Ann Tower Gallery, Lexington, KY; Adventureland Gallery, Chicago, IL; and Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL. Her work has also been presented in exhibitions at the Alden B Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland, MI; South Bend Art Museum, South Bend, IN; Alexandria Museum, Alexandria, LA; and the Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, MI. The Chicago Gallery News featured her work as a ‘Young Chicago Artist’ to watch. The forms in her paintings have been classified by a diatom taxonomist in an artist feature on the US Diatoms database at the University of Colorado. Robbins received her MFA from Michigan State University and a BFA from the University of Kentucky.