Art of It: Lush Irreverence
Robin Crofut-Brittingham depicts utopia through art
Mankind is forever seeking utopia. But there’s a darker side to perpetual summer, says 27-year-old artist Robin Crofut-Brittingham. “When you look at the etymology of utopia, it means no place,” she says.
Through the use of vibrant watercolors, Crofut-Brittingham explores this idea of paradise in a series of highly detailed, large-scale pieces that are informed by her obsession with mythology and Persian miniatures. Her work is reminiscent of The Garden of Earthly Delights, a 14th-century triptych by Hieronymus Bosch.
A close inspection of Crofut-Brittingham’s work reveals that amid the lush jungle, chaos resides in the form of random human objects—electrical wires, bras, shopping bags. And among the beautiful creatures hiding behind giant tropical blooms, many have long since become extinct, like the Carolina parakeet and the Tasmanian tiger. Crofut-Brittingham’s work, including this one, The Nowhere Place, will be exhibited at the Diana Felber Gallery, 6 Harris St., West Stockbridge, from September 14 to October 31, 2016.