Robbie’s artistic voice finds the positive and possibilities in all things. He draws from, on, and in collaboration with timeworn materials: maps, postcards, ledgers, tablecloths…platforms with an inherent story. “Whether labeling my voice and method naive, hopeful, elating or suspicious,” explains Robbie, “all harmonies are essential and lead the charge both in weighing choices and encouraging chances. Locking into materials is a gift, giving the voice that already exists. I try and channel what the divine provides. I’m just the filter.”
Robbie Austin is an artist, a teacher, a father, and a husband – though that order fluctuates regularly. He lives in a 115-year-old house, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the town where he was born, one-half mile from his high school alma mater, where he was taught for nearly 20 years. Robbie holds a BFA from CalArts, an MFA in sculpture from UCLA, and takes pleasure in the routines of ordinary living.