Scenes from the Ground: Mosaics and Sculptures
September 4 through September 30, 2018
Reception - Friday, Sept.7, 4-7 p.m.
Joy and detail are inherent to the mosaic process of Laura Robbins and are evident in her incomparable artwork. Her creations are one-of-a-kind, where she combines cut, fused and cast glass pieces, ceramics, wood and found objects such as old tools and rusty metal artifacts into colorful mosaics and sculptures. Robbins’ early love for art was inspired by her father’s appreciation of relief and textured art surfaces -- still influencing her work today.
Robbins is the featured artist at Wild Hearts Gallery in September. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, September 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
“Scenes from the Ground” is about connection and remembrance. Many of the pieces used in this series were found and gathered during walks. The works create a kind of homage to forgotten beauty when she uses discarded and rusted items, old tools and found metal and wood scraps. Seeds and Water are also honored. The artwork is part of the story of these objects as they return to the earth.
“Whether abstract or fanciful, dreamlike or representational, all of my images are visual metaphors. Although many of my commissioned mosaic installations are fanciful natural scenes of landscape and animals, this series recognizes the beauty of aging.”
Robbins’ mosaic art can be seen at the Albuquerque Zoo and the Albuquerque Botanic Garden’s Dragonfly Sanctuary. Her work can also be seen locally at four Range Cafes, Rust Medical Center Chapel and other businesses, schools and developments in N.M. She co-directed the local, seventy-foot long Placitas Community Mosaic mural, Protect Our Wildlife Corridors and is a founding
member of Mosaic New Mexico, a collaborative of mosaic artists.
Bugs and Bunny: Art Enabled by Honey Bees, Moths and Boring Beetles
Dorothy Bunny Bowen
October 2 through November 4, 2018
Opening Reception — Saturday, Oct. 13, 1–4 p.m.
It’s a symbiotic relationship. Insects just do what they have always done: the silk moths make silk, bees make beeswax, and boring beetles make holes in wood. But when Bunny Bowen uses these natural materials creatively, they add a unique quality to her body of work. Throughout the past seven decades, Bowen has relied upon insects to create incredibly innovative work including Japanese rozome on kimono silk, oil painting with the addition of beeswax and solvent and sculptures that have been started with the help of boring beetles.
Bowen is the featured artist at Wild Hearts Gallery with her exhibition running from Oct. 2 through Nov. 4. The public is invited to the opening reception on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 1:00–4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Wild Hearts Gallery is located in Placitas, at the Homestead Village, 221-B State Highway 165, 2 ½ miles from I-25.
“Bugs and Bunny” is about the artist’s lifelong relationship with insects as art enablers. One of the pieces in the show includes cochineal applied as a pigment. While doing research for the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe in the early 1970’s, Bowen studied textiles dyed with rich red hues of cochineal. Bowen’s medium of choice since 1999 has been Japanese rozome on silk, a fiber produced for millennia by the larva of the silk moth. Recently she has returned to her original medium of oil painting, but this time she includes her honeybee collaborators by mixing beeswax and a solvent with the oil paint to form a rich impasto that can be applied with a palette knife and manipulated with other tools. Cypress bark beetles provide interesting channels in juniper wood Bowen finds in her yard which she finishes as hangers to display her silks. “Now, after nearly seven decades as an artist, I realize that much of my body of art has relied on media produced by insects. These pieces are offered in tribute to them and to give thanks for their presence in this world.”
(Silkmoth with Cocoon, Rozome on kimono silk)