|‘Split Happens’, 16″ x 40″, Acrylic on Canvas|
Contemporary artist Robin Babitt is based in Delray Beach, Florida. Her work is colorful and fun, she creates the ultimate “conversation pieces” with a twist. Robin combines her passion for art and cooking into her artwork, each piece includes it’s own authentic recipe in the back for the particular personality of the art piece.
|‘Pineapple Upside Down’, 16″ x 16″ Unframed, Acrylic on Canvas|
Original is Framed: 17.5″ x 17.5″ in a Black Lacquer Floating Frame
Robin has always seen life in color, “Letters are different shades of colors. Numbers are primary colors. In elementary school I saw the alphabet above the black chalkboard as a rainbow. Art class was my ally, and algebra my adversary. I thought everyone saw the alphabet as I did until I learned of a phenomenon that identified me. I have been described as unique, colorful and animated and I could not tell you why,” explained the artist. This phenonmenon is known as Synesthesia, and it can involve any of the senses. The most common form, colored letters and numbers, occurs when someone always sees a certain color in response to a certain letter of the alphabet or number. Welcome to the vibrant and exciting world of Robin Babitt!
|‘Chckn & Dmplns’, 30″ x 24″, Acrylic on Canvas|
The artist’s work reaffirms her feeling that we all have the desire to create, interact, with a pinch of fun and a dash of humor. Robin’s medium is acrylic on canvas. Giclees and prints are available, and all paintings are accompanied by authentic recipes. Her Bon Art-Petit Recipe/Art Book is presently in production. We recently had the pleasure to chat with Robin to learn more about her art and current projects:
Q – What is the best part about being an artist?
A – Being an artist allows me the freedom to express myself beyond the written word. We take up a lot of air space talking about nothing but one painting, one photograph, a recipe, a song or a dance can be expressed without uttering a word. I don’t know of any other profession that validates and honors ‘the art of being unique’. One of the best things about being an artist is that I get the chance to “start over” every time I unwrap a new white canvas. To me its like a new day, an opportunity to better my craft, better myself, and see the vision of a new outcome that I’m bringing to life.
|‘I Wonton More From Life’, 30″ x 24″, Acrylic on Canvas|
Original is Framed: 31.5″ x 25.5″ in a White Lacquer Floating Frame
Q – You have such a magical talent, can you tell us about “seeing letters and numbers in color”?
A – My magical talent is that I see things differently than others see them. I see things through a child’s kaleidoscope. From the very beginning, I’ve been described as unique, colorful and possessing a ‘light’. Some have told me that people are drawn to me because of this ‘light’. I see letters as shades of colors and numbers as primary colors. Days of the week are colors as are months of the year, and music and songs. The letters in someone’s name will determine whether or not we’ll have a friendship, relationship, be acquaintances or possibly nothing. The price on a menu (numbers) is a determining factor in what I’ll order. I would easily choose an entrée for $26.00 over an entrée for $29.00. The ‘6’ in the $26.00 is very bright compared to the ‘9’ in $29.00. The position of lighter letters in someone’s name is a determining factor as well, but this was normal for me. I never gave it a moment’s thought. I though everyone saw things in color, until my daughter called me from college one day in 2007 and told me that she had learned about what I have. I didn’t know I had anything! She proceeded to tell me that it’s a phenomenon called Synesthesia, aka Graphene-color synesthesia and Chromesthesia, sound-to-color. After she explained it to me, I did some research. It was to a ‘T’; exactly what I’ve seen throughout my life and at that moment I realized that others did not see the world in color as I do. My life is in color as you can see by my art. I can’t imagine living any other way. I choose to create fun in vibrant colors to jolt fond, happy memories from that inner child that may have been lost while we are trying to grow up.
|‘Somewhere’, 36″ x 24″ Unframed, Acrylic on Canvas|
Q – Can you tell us about your Recipes for Art and how you incorporate feelings and experiences into your art practice?
A – My recipe book for art is designed to give children, teens and young adults not only a taste for cooking, but a taste for art. Combining these two ingredients is the perfect recipe for simple fun, interaction, laughter, creativity and joy. My book will be a Kitchen/Coffee Table “Gotta Have”. Bridging the gap between the generations, bridging the gap between knowing how to boil water and making something worthy of serving is a positive, fun way to learn, make mistakes, laugh at yourself, be humble, be confident, knowing all the while that if all else fails, you can either send out for a pizza or make one yourself! All recipes are tried and true, and each original painting giclee or print is accompanied with the specialty recipe for that piece of art. The Bon Art-Petit Recipe/Art Book is presently in production.
|‘Broccoli Gnocchin’, 20″ x 20″ Unframed, Acrylic on Canvas|
Original is Framed: 21.5″ x 21.5″ in a White Lacquer Floating Frame
Q – In your opinion, what role does an artist have in society?
A – The role of an artist in society is to give others a reason or cause to engage; permission to express themselves, seeing different perspectives and accepting another’s uniqueness. Artists exist in a world where conformity and judgements have no place and diversity is embraced.
|‘Chasing Cars’, 36″ x 24″ Unframed, Acrylic on Canvas|
Q – What is your creative process like?
A – My creative process is simple. It’s all personalities. I see my creations with individual personalities: playful, fun, and happy. Broccoli has big hair. My leek pancakes look like Wolfman Jack. Ms. Bomb is a banana and a pole dancer, and the Christmas Tree just wants a ‘Silent Night’. A fortune cookie dressed in a suit with a briefcase filled with cash envies, the wontons floating down the river in soup bowls. Any woman would prefer a beautiful stiletto to a skewer when preparing shish kabob.
|‘Long and Winding Road’, 30″ x 24″ Unframed, Acrylic on Canvas|
Q – You’ve worked on so many incredible projects, which one was your most enjoyable?
A – I love all the pieces I create. I create personalities. My favorite pieces are those that make a statement and the pieces that made you who you are. Big Yellow Taxi was awesome because we are losing a lot of our paradise to demolition and continuous building. Chasing Cars was created for Breast Cancer Awareness Month as I am a survivor since 2006. It was a thrill to do this painting and donate it to my Doctor of Oncology at Lynn Cancer Center and send copies to the doctors who took care of me in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. My political series is called ‘Iffencare’, and those are more personal like the shooting in Parkland titled “Every Parent’s Nightmare” for gun control. My political paintings have been sent to Washington and various media institutions.
|‘Fonduzzi’, 24″ x 30″ Unframed, Acrylic on Canvas|
Original is Framed: 25.5″ x 31.5″