2021 Spring Exhibition > Cady Robles

Growing up, I never recognized the power that cartoons held, I mostly saw them as silly. Their ability to channel humor and lightheartedness while also conveying complex ideas has since found its way into my own body of work. This return to cartoon-inspired work has since led me to subject matters that have inherent links to innocence and childhood, like plastic toys and stuffed animals. Utilizing these items as vessels for my own work, I create characters that explore queer identities and the struggles within mental illness. These characters are then placed into different environments for them to navigate, like a birthday party in a grungy basement. Making the protagonists of my own paintings has allowed me to further investigate different facets of my identity, with each portraying different parts and emotions. While my works may come across a little dark, it’s important to me to retain the ability to make others giggle when they see them for the first time.

my sculptures are made from stuffed animals that were donated to me, and their clay additions are sculpted, painted, and then attached with glue. i then use them to make my own reference photos that i use to create my artworks.

for sale inquires and general questions you can contact me at cadyrobles@gmail.com

everyone is invited
oil on canvas
22" x 44"
2021
phatic conversations
oil on canvas
42" x 46"
2021
i asked for chocolate
oil on canvas
42" x 48"
2021