“Love Letter Etchings” stem from a deep obsession with the diversity of flora and fauna in the ocean. I see these pieces as analogous to love letters to my heroes or unknown celebrities. In contrast to some of my other work, which abstracts and imagines natural phenomena in densely layered painting compositions, the specimens in these compositions are based on actual creatures. My process involves lots of research about the creatures in order to learn more about them, consider their habitat, and respond to their unique characteristics within the love letter.
Renee Robbins is a Chicago-based visual artist who focuses on depicting micro to macro relationships. She is represented by Lois Lambert Gallery in Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA. Her public art commission in downtown Chicago, “X Marks the Milky Way,” is featured in the Wabash Arts Corridor. She has exhibited widely, including at the Fermilab, America’s premier particle physics laboratory, Alden B Dow Museum of Science and Art, Firecat Projects, Adventureland Gallery, Packer Schopf Gallery, and the Hyde Park Art Center. The Chicago Gallery News featured Robbins as a ‘Young Chicago Artist’ to watch.