Robin Toulouse
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"I have refreshed my (real, not figurative) wall at FC9! Come see some new & older pieces for sale on First Friday, April 8 6-9 pm."
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"I am featured artist for March at FC9 Gallery! Come check out my latest assemblages and "popped" drawings!"
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"Thank you for introducing (some of) us to Anne Lamott, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Lamott I am always on the look out for the next book to read! Your piece has elegance and humor. It would be cool if you could share the image with her somehow…"
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"Great 1st Friday @ Art Bank. Many visitors & sold a piece! Thanks to friends for stopping by & supporting me!"
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"I am at Art Bank Gallery in Indianapolis for April & May, at least--hopefully much longer! Excited to be part of the Mass Ave Art Scene!"
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Bart Toulouse, my brother-in-law, was the first-born in my husband's family. He was our best man at our wedding in 1996. The photo was taken right after he caught the garter; the sunflower was his boutonniere from the ceremony. Bart tragically died…
Mar 21, 2016
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"I am joining the Art Bank gallery group of artists on Mass Ave in Indianapolis! Will celebrate First Friday there on April 1 (no fooling!)."
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"Looking forward to showing at the 5547 Project gallery located in Coal Yard Coffee very soon! Stay tuned for details!"
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What kind of art do you do?
Assembled vignettes of objects and altered photos, composed in found boxes, using a variety of materials and techniques.
What is the guiding principle in your art?
To reveal and emphasize the power of objects in our lives.

My Artist's Statement

Artist’s Statement

I want to tell you stories. I want you to remember your own stories. My story began with the funeral of my great uncle, who died when I was nine years old. It picked up again in 1991, when I first discovered a book of historic photography. Since then, I have been compelled to find the conclusion of this tale through my assemblages.

I chose assemblage--more accurately, it chose me--as my primary means of expression because I love telling stories with objects,  and because I love the endless combination of materials and techniques it allows.

Sometimes a piece is born, fully formed, straight out of my head, and I have to finish it in a rush, as if it might otherwise vanish. Just as often, a work will come together gradually, building idea upon idea, layer upon layer. In the end, the creative process is equally satisfying, though the rapidly-created assemblages can evoke a stronger emotion in me.

After art school, I had a long, rewarding career in the museum field--including 20 years in the artifact collections department of a large museum. My favorite artifacts were from the anthropology collection. I felt a deep affinity for the cultures who had created these objects, and for the stories they suggested of the peoples’ everyday lives and ceremonial rituals.

In 1991, a friend and colleague introduced me to an art photography book: Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography in America. The book, with its 19th and early 20th century images of deceased people, brought back the terrifying image of my great uncle in his casket, and his widow whispering to me “he’s only sleeping”. I felt I had to express the deep anxiety and fear building inside me.

This combination of influences led me to create a series of assemblages based on deeply private subjects, involving loss and death. This personal journey led away from my fear of death and provided the means to express my creativity.

My work is about memory and nostalgia. Words are also very important to me: sometimes I choose descriptive titles for the pieces; other times I go for less obvious names. Either way, I hope when people view my work it evokes their own memories, and, as a result,  they want to share their stories with the important people in their lives.

 

Robin Toulouse

8/2015

 

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At 9:18am on August 30, 2015, Stephen Mead said…

You definitely succeed at your guiding principle.  These "found boxes", and how you breathe stories from them...just great!

 
 
 

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