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Conflicts in Life. These wall-like works transform repetition into excitement. Tension is created by the interlocking of forms from the front to the back, creating conflicts from the overlapping effect. Texture versus form, soft versus hard. Movement, energy, conflict. Like the patterns of society. Each form fights for its own individuality, as in life itself.
Two people, totally different yet the same. Conversing and working together towards seemingly impossible feats.
Installed at The Zucker Hillside Hospital, Glen Oak, NY. In 2015, Robin Antar publicly unveiled her most personal creation – a 1,500-pound of Turkish marble transformed into a sculpture carved in memory of her son, David, who passed away at the age of 26. “The stone, which now weighs 1,000 pounds, has purple veins running through it," said Antar. "When David was young and having a very hard time with life, his ‘secret code’ to me when he needed help was to whisper ‘purple!’ That was also his favorite color when he was around eight years old. I had forgotten all of that when I purchased the stone – but it all came back to me as I worked through the carving.” I carved a knot because David had a very hard life. The knot represents his pain; but the knot breaks open into a flame, which to me represents life – his soul rising to Heaven. This was an extremely hard thing for a mother to do. But for me, a sculptor, it was also a work of healing.” David’s Knot in Flames is permanently installed at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oak, New York where it inspires the patients admitted to their behavioral health center. A tradition among patients is to touch the sculpture for good luck so they would never have to return, a testament to the power behind Antar’s work.

TINTED LIMESTONE WORKS In 1976, Robin Antar suddenly discovered she was blind in one eye – and had been since birth. The retrolental fibroplasia that had compromised the vision in her right eye soon became an integral tool among the techniques she used to create her art. She created a series of pieces specifically on her experience with “unbalanced vision” which she perceives as an extraordinary gift. Images are visualized from the inside out, rather than the outside in, with the subject matter drawn from within her immediate line of vision. The interaction between her nose and cheekbone, for example, assumes magnified importance when seen at such close range. Aesthetic beauty and superficial thought were none of her concern as she focused on fundamental feelings and basic sensations, resulting in sculptures with an uncommon perspective, jarring color and anomalous form. The texture varies from gritty and annoying to smooth and soft. The grid format creates planes that shift in perspective and abstract the subject matter. The stones she used are tan, therefore allowing total control of the colors she selects as tints, not for beauty but rather to point out the statement being made. The color differentiations are harsh to intensify the plane and add conflict to the composition.
Couples and individuals in movement – their bodies revealing their stories.

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“My youngest son was struggling with drug addiction so I decided to make three knots in his honor, to represent my frustration: D Knot #1, D Knot #2 and D Knot #3. The first D Knot was carved out of a 400-pound piece of watermelon marble, a very hard stone. My newer works reflect universal themes of struggle.” - Robin Antar
These general abstract works were created without a specific life influence. As the artist meditates in front of the stone, the form is revealed throughout the carving process. The sculptures are named after their completion.
Relationships begin...two people start out from the same place. Some end up going their own way, some embrace and support each other.
Relationships begin...two people start out from the same place. Some end up going their own way, some embrace and support each other.