Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Robin Indar Mosaics




A week or so ago, I wrote about a community that came together to create a playground space for children in memory of a little boy who had died. I mentioned at that time that I would be featuring the artist who created the incredible Caper Acres Sea Serpent that is installed at the playground, so today, I am pleased to present this entry about California mosaic artist, Robin Indar.





As is the nature of mosaic, Robin uses a variety of materials, including handmade tiles, found items and assorted other breakables to create beautiful and durable art pieces suitable for both interior and exterior applications. The Jackson Pollock Luminary Art Bench is part of a series of 8'X 2' benches commissioned by the City of Chico honoring luminaries who once lived in the area. This bench is located at 2nd and Broadway in downtown Chico, California.




Pictured below are two of four gates representing the cultural diversity of the neighborhood in which they were constructed. The first gate shown above honors the Hmong community. Layed out in a north, south, east, and west directory, the gates honor cultures from these regions. Native Americans in the north, Africans in the east, the Hmong in the west, and the Aztecs in the south. The sculptures were fabricated by local artist David Barta and Stan McKetchen under the direction of lead artist Jenny Hale. Robin Indar supervised the mosaic portions of the project, teaching participants how to mosaic, then grouting and finishing their work.




Robin Indar was born in Fairfax, California in 1973, the youngest daughter of a free-spirit mom and an underground cartoonist father.



She began making art at an early age, working in every imaginable media until settling (mostly) into creating original, often functional works in mosaic and ceramic sculpture.



Robin studied art at CCAC in Oakland California, but left prematurely to pursue other interests.




For several years she fronted the band Black Fork, which kept her busy touring, recording, and designing albums and promotional materials. She is currently taking time off from her studies at California State University, Chico, to finish a series of important commissions.



Her list of completed projects includes public art, residential remodeling, mosaic portraiture, teaching mosaic classes and gallery showings.



She currently lives in Chico with her writer/musician husband and their two brilliant young boys.




See more about Robin Indar on HER WEBSITE :


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