Tammie Rubin

Artist
St. Edward's University

Tammie Rubin is a sculptor and installation artist whose artwork explores the gaps between the readymade and the handcrafted object, opening up dream-like spaces of unexpected associations and dislocations. She collects mass-produced consumer objects and natural vegetation that strike her as iconic of the everyday. In these mundane objects, which are viewed as cheap, trivial, and disposable, she finds unexpected beauty and meanings. Using intricate motifs, she examines widely diverse themes relating to consumer cultures such as magical thinking, animism, ritual, domestic and liturgical objects, artificial nature, and sensory desire. Rubin exhibits frequently, she is a founding member of Black Mountain Project, a 250 sq. ft. micro space that aims to activate unexpected points of encounter while expanding perceptions, a member of ICOSA Collective, and at times an independent curator. Born and raised in Chicago, she currently lives in Austin, Texas where she is an Associate Professor of Ceramics & Sculpture at St. Edward’s University.

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