01 Jun Sculptural Forms, Claudia Labin Showcase at Nickel Plate Arts
From Wednesday-Friday, 12-5pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm
At Nickel Plate Arts: The Stephenson House
107 S. 8th St., Noblesville, IN 46060
Les Reinhardt / (317) 452-3690, firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist Claudia Labin’s approach to art is spiritual. She has always been attracted to mystery and mysticism and has always gravitated towards mixed media, collage, and assemblage, as her art is all about process.
“For me, it is a way to solve a puzzle, to dive into the unknown and the unconscious, always looking for that elusive missing piece,” Labin says. “The idea comes first, then I find the material. The art comes out raw, authentic, and often unexpected.”
Labin started her artistic journey with an MFA in creative writing. Her articles, short stories, and plays have been published in various literary magazines and produced in local theaters. However, her true passion blossomed when she delved into the world of visual arts.
“I don’t paint plein air or landscape or people; I paint feelings, emotions, and poetry, and I cover them with layers and layers of color,” Labin says. Specializing in mixed media collage and assemblage, her approach is experiential and primarily self-taught. She uses mediums that engage her tactile sense by utilizing multiple layers of collage. “I want to leave mystery in a painting and let the viewer complete the painting by finding his own private meaning through symbolism and personal emotional response,” she says.
"While working on [a future exhibit titled] 'Kryptos', I needed a break from the coding world and started to play with small, discarded pieces of wood. The momentary interlude soon became an obsession and one piece of artwork led to another and another… and later to new Assemblage pieces. In the meantime, time ran out for 'Kryptos', even though this next exhibit of secret messages is still very much in the works. In the interval, I hope you enjoy these fun, whimsical pieces, all made out of wood, found objects and mixed Media."
Labin looks forward to her upcoming exhibit Sculptural Forms, which can be seen in the Stephenson House July 7-29, Wednesday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can meet Labin at her reception during the July First Friday event from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Stephenson House on the Nickel Plate Arts campus.