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 Credit: Robin Howard,  Songs of Freedom #3 , encaustic assemblage, 8.5" x 8.5" x 3",  ©  Robin Howard ,  Photography credit: Robin Howard

Credit: Robin Howard, Songs of Freedom #3, encaustic assemblage, 8.5" x 8.5" x 3", © Robin Howard, Photography credit: Robin Howard

Credit: Robin Howard, Charleston Box #66, encaustic assemblage, 10.5" x 13" x 3", © Robin Howard, Photography credit: Robin Howard

 Credit: Robin Howard,  Force & Matter , assemblage, 9" x 6" x 2",  ©  Robin Howard ,  Photography credit: Robin Howard

Credit: Robin Howard, Force & Matter, assemblage, 9" x 6" x 2", © Robin Howard, Photography credit: Robin Howard


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Art Mag Visual Arts Profile

"Robin Howard’s shadow boxes of ephemera and unusual objects seem like an artistic love child between the famously reclusive, found-object artist Aldwyth, a touch of local artist Hirona Matsuda, with more color and literary influences, and a larger world perspective."


About Robin's Art


Highlights

  • Howard works with pigmented beeswax and found objects, a medium called encaustic assemblage.
  • Her compositions are intended to create or capture moments in time. Not unlike a snow globe, each box is a universe unto itself.
  • Her work is exhibited in local and regional galleries. In 2017 she won Honorary Mention at the Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition.
  • Her piece "Charleston Box #30" was selected for the South Carolina State Museum's 2017 traveling exhibition.
  • In 2018, Howard will be featured in a solo show at the Saul Alexander Gallery in Charleston entitled She Promised to Bring Her Books.

There is a world in me and a world out there. Art is my bridge.
— Robin Howard

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Robin Howard uses natural materials, fiber, wood, metal, handmade paper and found objects to capture or create vignettes of imaginary worlds that are inspiring, mysterious, playful, and sometimes haunting. Howard builds or rescues wooden boxes, lines them with pigmented beeswax (called encaustic), then adds altered objects to create narrative-within-narrative works. Not unlike a snow globe, each box is a universe unto itself.

Despite a strong family connection to Charleston (Howard is the 9th great-grandniece of Ann Ashby and Gabriel Manigault), she was born and raised in the rural Midwest. Largely left to her own devices on a defunct farm, she passed time by reading and exploring nature. As a result, words and phrases in strange and archaic combinations find their way into her pieces, as do feathers, nests, and images of birds and other animals. In a nod to a life spent caught between convention and rebellion, Howard frequently creates riotously colorful work, then restrains the visual energy by binding sections or elements with string, screen, or wire. Other works allude to a naturalist's lab; a nod to her background in chemistry and biology.

Howard graduated from Indiana University with a degree in physical anthropology and a minor in chemistry before studying paper making at Columbia College in Chicago. Influenced by the Outsider artists of the South and Midwest, her work incorporates traditional techniques that maintain the innocence of the Outsider genre.

Howard has gallery representation in Charleston and Savannah, and has exhibited around the country. The works "Charleston Box #66" and "Charleston Box #30" won Honorary Mention at the 2018 and 2017 Palmetto Hands competitions respectively, and both were selected for the South Carolina State Museum's traveling exhibition. Howard's art has also been featured in print media and on HGTV. Her solo show at the Saul Alexander Gallery in Charleston, She Promised to Bring Her Books, is a public remembering of a pivotal event that changed the trajectory of her life.


    Contact

    Robin Howard robin@robinhowardart.com @robinhowardart  843-830-8993