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the gibbes museum of art

Robin Howard

April 24, 2023 - June 11, 2023


Using space and movement as materials, these sculptures explore the intersections of motion and stillness, something-ness and nothing-ness, striving and contentment. Because they are intentionally non-representational, the sculptures give the mind a place to rest.

I use wooden geometric shapes to construct assemblage sculptures, then add kinetic elements with glass, clay, and wood beads on wires. To add subtle texture and visual interest, I use hand tools for mark-making, sometimes filling the marks with white encaustic gesso for contrast. My materials are organic and stay within a limited natural color palette.

Driven by a conviction to live much more simply, through these works, I’m exploring the concept that less is more, peace is a more worthy pursuit than happiness, and what isn’t there may be just as important as what is.

Robin Howard (b. 1972) is an American assemblage artist from Charleston, South Carolina. Born in rural Indiana, she grew up deeply immersed in nature, animals, and her dad’s wood shop.

After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Anthropology and studying papermaking at Columbia College in Chicago, she began combining organic materials, a self-developed code of symbols, and traditional art and craft techniques into assemblages with themes that range from whimsical to otherworldly.

During her 30-year career, Howard has exhibited her work internationally in venues that range from traditional gallery settings to art hotels and store window displays.


Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-2pm

Saturdays 11am- 2pm