Johanna Robinson

Johanna Robinson’s paintings employ humor, absurdity and irony to undermine anthropocentrism—or the belief in the centrality of human beings and their experience, an idea proliferated by the Western art canon. The artist’s work, connected to a long lineage of women surrealist and symbolist painters, relies on imagination as a source for truth-seeking and world-building. Robinson’s compositions turn foundational power structures on their head, resembling popular fairy tales where animals escape their overbearing masters.