Posted on | April 9, 2012 | 1 Comment
There’s this woman, this artist, this presence
here in Tucson and her name is Gail T. Roberts
and she’s, in my opinion, pretty fab.
I visited her pop-arty house and turned it into a feature.
It wasn’t difficult; who has pink papier mache pigs hanging from the ceiling? Her garage is a studio where very talented people gather to make 3-D tiles that she turns into murals and public art.
I visited her latest oeuvre last Friday, at the new elephant exhibit at Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo.
In Gail’s latest newsletter she describes the step-by-step journey needed to make the zoo art: repeated trips to make sure the mural would fit; working through several design concepts; creating a full-scale template, then the clay animals constructed on top (“fat” slabs of clay for the base, additional slabs for the 3-D representation); glazes based on careful research of the animals themselves; the tricky bit – carefully writing names on the tiles mentioning the donors who helped the exhib come to fruition, and in an African font, no less!; and finally attaching the tiles to eight sections of cement board, before installing the whole thing and then grouting 0n-site.
Wow. And here’s me balking at re-tiling the floor in my tiny shower room.