NATCHITOCHES – The work of Robbie Lacomb, instructor and gallery curator for the Department of Visual Arts at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas, will be the subject matter of an exhibition at Northwestern State University’s Hanchey Gallery Oct. 16-Nov. 16. Lacomb’s work has been exhibited world-wide, including at American University, Paris, France, and most recently on Great Cranberry Island, Maine, the culmination of a fellowship Lacomb received from the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation of New York to work on location in Maine. She also presented lectures for the foundation while in Maine.
“Taking form in many media, my work is usually metaphoric, whether photography, computer imagery, prints or paintings. Influenced by nature, especially the powers of plants and humankind’s relationship with the botanical kingdom, the works may be very abstract or very realistic,” Lacomb said. “Formal concerns include a preoccupation with shape as a carrier of meaning, color and texture are also important elements used for communicative force. The choice of particular surfaces, papers and pigments, the interplay of text and image, and the placement of elements for tension or harmony – all are important considerations.”
As an artist, Lacomb believes that life mean ongoing transition.
“For this reason, process is a basic underlying factor in my work,” she explained. “Increasingly, the new technologies have become important for the artist of today. My photography has become strictly digital, and the seduction of the computer has led me to the use of digital letterpress as well. However, this has only served to spark my interest in the historical processes of text and image printing.
“Traditional letterpresses, lead type and the woodcut and wood engraving are passionate interests for me. The intellectual satisfaction of the digital processes is balanced with the hands-on physicality of the traditional. Each is sensual in its own way. Book Arts then takes its place in the current developments of work in my studio.”
The public is invited to meet Lacomb and hear her discuss the Northwestern State exhibition at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Room 206 of the Fine Arts Annex. The exhibition will remain open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursdays and 8 a.m. noon Fridays.
More about LaComb is available at lacomb-roach-press.com.