¡Globalquerque! is extremely excited to announce our 2011 Poster Artist Laura Robbins! Laura is an amazing
award-winning mosaic artist who has called New Mexico home since 1975. Her work has been displayed in galleries and museums across the Southwest including Matrix in Albuquerque. Her permanent mosaic installations can been seen throughout New Mexico.
Laura's mosaics are primarily made from ceramics and glass, but she also incorporates stones, gems, fossils and found objects into her works. She crafts each clay form individually then they are bisque fired, painted with glazes and fired again at a high temperature. Individual wall pieces and some sculpture are created on foam covered with fiberglass mesh and polymer cement. The glass pieces are created by precision cutting, random shaping or fusing. Laura approaches the placement of glass pieces as marks or brushstrokes. Each piece responds to the one before it as well as to the negative spaces that will later be filled in by grout, the last step.
Laura has been attending ¡Globalquerque! for years. When approached with the idea to create the image for the 2011 poster she beamed. She immediately started on what evolved into an amazing piece!
"The words Mosaic and Music share the root of the word: Muse. Music and art are ways that we humans can truly express inspiration, insights and emotion." Laura suggested, sitting
in her studio in the Sandia foothills
as the sunlight reflected off the mosaic piece she created for the festival poster."My mosaic, The House of Song, represents ¡Globalquerque! as a joyful celebration. What we send out from our hearts and minds goes into the world and affects everything. We can hear song in a flower if we listen. A woman singing at a window and song birds alighting on roof and window sills are all messengers of music. The earth is our house and music is shared by all people, plants and animals. The structure of the house is made up of flutes, drums and stringed instruments. It is decorated by patterns and surrounded by energy. The roots are its foundation."
"So let's celebrate the joyful event of ¡Globalquerque! A time, to join together in music, hearts and minds from different continents!"
Wonderful musings, indeed! Thanks Laura!
To see more of Laura's fabulous artwork please visit laurarobbinsmosaics.com