"The devil bites dirty." by Robbie Austin
artist: ROBBIE AUSTIN
THE DEVIL BITES DIRTY.
7.75" x 5.5" Acrylic and gouache on used field book paper in a custom open faced wood frame, 2021
"My current works explore color, line, form, and pattern and are created on used
field book paper. I began working with field books after a hurricane blew my
tree and treehouse onto a neighbor’s property, exposing a trove of material.
She had boxes and boxes of these old books. I was enchanted. The paper is
stormproof. It’s infused with resin and has an inherent object-ness. The original
code-like markings make for dynamic and romantic springboards of
compositional play. I react to it. My son tells me these works are treasure maps. I
say treasure chests."
— Robbie Austin
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