Claudia labin is a Carmel-based artist who specializes in Abstract Expressionism. Born and raised in Paris, she has taken her talents all around the world to Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, and Chicago before finally settling down in Carmel, IN. Her career in the arts began with creative writing, for which she holds an MFA. Her short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines, and her plays have been produced in local theaters around the city. Through writing, she discovered her true passion: visual arts. Her collages use layers of color and texture to deeply engage with one's tactile senses. Her work is ultimately completed by the viewer's own private meaning and experience. Claudia Labin's art has been featured in numerous local galleries including The Raymond James Stutz Gallery, The Hoosier salon gallery, French Bleu, The IAC, Nickel Plate Arts, and the SALI exhibition.
My approach to art is spiritual. I have always been attracted by mystery and mysticism. I try to shy away from the political, social commentary or cultural statements. I have always gravitated towards mixed media, collage, and assemblage because for me it is a way to solve a puzzle, to dive into the unknown and the unconscious, always looking for that elusive missing piece. My art is all about process. The idea comes first, then I find the material. The art comes out raw, unframed, authentic and unexpected.
Irwin Labin is a physician by day and sculptor by night (except when on call). He is originally from Montreal, Canada and began his love for the arts back in high school. In shop class, Irwin began his love for metal working. This passion has been shaped, hammered, and torqued into the current modern abstract form. His work draws on inspiration from greats like David Smith, Alexander Archipenko, and Albert Paley. He was recently featured on the PBS documentary, “Art as Medicine” and has received numerous accolades for his sculptures. Irwin’s work emphasizes the surprising fluidity and malleability of some of the toughest substances on Earth. His work brings out the fundamental elegance of industrial materials, and opens the viewer to a world of rusted wonder and alluring alloy. Enjoy!