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Were it not for a third eye or ribbed mermaid tail, the serene, neon women of Robin Eisenberg’s Instagram posts would come across as average city girls in technicolor. They eat takeout pizza in the bathtub, and watch Netflix alone in bed—just like us. And that’s Robin’s goal. In her illustrations and gifs, she explores the ordinary lives of well-dressed creatures across the universe, from furry monsters in hoodies, to Lisa Frank-style lions among the stars. Her stylish characters rocking ‘60s haircuts, mom jeans and longboards, immediately draw you in with their offbeat personalities.
With vivid colors and bold lines, Robin’s work fuses science-fiction with a feminist spirit. Despite their totally one-of-a-kind faces, all of her women share a sense of confidence and wonder, as they gaze out from the windows of their spaceships, or bathe under double moons in the waters of another galaxy. Even just a few minutes on her Instagram will suck you into her world—one you wish you lived in, where your cat is part wolf, and your squad goals pics feature the reptilian tails of all your best friends.
Read our interview with the artist, below and follow @robineisenberg on Instagram.
Why do you draw so many aliens and monsters?
I like the idea that maybe there is alien life, but they have their own fears and thoughts, and that they feel lonely and wonder about outer-space, as well. I like the idea of combining something that’s so weird and strange that we don’t know, with the familiar things we do.
Your characters always seem to be alone. Is that intentional?
I really value being alone. So with my artwork, I like to represent the feeling of being alone without feeling lonely—the comfort of just being by yourself with your thoughts.
You play around a lot with your representation of the female body. Why?
I like looking at bodies and trying to express things about them in unusual ways, like having nipples be intimidating mouths. It’s like, yeah, she’s sexual, but it isn’t necessarily an invitation—it could be something you shouldn’t get close to.
So, representation is important to you.
I try to make sure that all different types of people are represented in my work. I’m always trying to be aware of how to represent everyone without culturally appropriating anything, or taking something from someone that isn’t mine to take. When it comes to people of color, celebrating diversity and representation is incredibly important. But I never want the same people I represent to feel like something is being taken from them, or profited on without giving back.
In your work, why do liberated women take on the form of extraterrestrials?
I do that because I want to create a world where as many people as possible can relate—I don’t want to just draw myself over and over, or draw people I know. By setting up this weird, dreamy, extraterrestrial world, it opens my work up to more people, where more women feel like, “That could be me” or “That could be someone I know.” And I like that—it makes it less about my experience, even though it’s there, because that’s inevitable.
What other themes do you explore?
I like the idea of making things that are normally considered ugly or weird, beautiful and interesting—whether it’s death-related, or bodily things, it’s fun to combine opposites, or two ideas that might not normally inhabit the same space.
How has Instagram affected the evolution of your art?
You have a history of your posts. If you’re just drawing and putting things on your site, it’s there, but with Instagram, people will repost drawings that I made in 2015, and it reminds me of my progress. I can’t think of another site where you can do that as easily or as quickly and gauge your own progress and see your own trends and patterns.
Who are your favorite artists to follow?
@stellarleuna—she’s awesome. When I first started promoting my work on Instagram I found all of these pin makers, like @saramlyons and @tuesdaybassen, and I thought, ‘That’s really awesome. I want to meet these people and move back to LA.” So I did!
What role does Instagram play in your process?
My work has definitely changed a lot since I first started posting it on Instagram in 2014. I think having a profile gives way to a weird level of awareness that you wouldn’t have otherwise, even if you don’t pay attention. But it’s a weird line, because I don’t want to listen to it that too much. I just want to create what I want to create, but one of the reasons I make art is so that people can feel seen and relate.