Cage Match Project Round Vlll: This is Everything

by Tammie Rubin

EXHIBITION RUNTIME:  7/27/18 – 9/9/18 


What is the artist’s studio? It has many names and varying definitions, but at its core, it is simply a place in which an artist works. How an artist works within that space, however, is multifaceted; studios become venues for contemplation, experimentation, collaboration, labor, critique, and all the like. Often mysterious to the public eye (and public imagination), the studio can be a place of refuge or a trap, a sacred space or a torment, depending on the on the artist’s progress.  

In Cage Match Project Round Vlll: This is Everything, Tammie Rubin makes the studio visible––and her practice publically accessible––within the confines of the caged trailer.

During the timeline of her exhibition, Rubin will have scheduled hours in which she will work within the cage. The act of making will vary from the very active to the most mundane of tasks. Tight and unorthodox, the cage- turned- studio is meant to challenge traditional and often romanticized perceptions of artists’ working space, as well as the realities of displacement, which forces artists into conditions that are less than ideal.

I am usually solitary in the studio, so working in such a visible way, along with the environmental challenges of working outdoors in the Texas summer, will add a level of physical and mental endurance to my practice, as well as elements of performance. The cage will become my laboratory, a place of process and experimentation. The work I will make will not be completed there, but are sculptural components for an exhibition at Women and Their Work in November.

-Tammie Rubin


Tammie Rubin is a ceramic sculptor who transforms familiar and trivial objects into mythic relics. Her works are intensely colored, technically complex, and intricately ornamented assemblages of everyday objects. Rubin is a recipient of grants from Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects Seattle, and an Artist Project Grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Her work has been featured in journals such as Artforum online, fields, Ceramics: Art & Perception, Ceramics Monthly, and newspapers such as The Seattle Times, and The Austin American-Statesman.

She has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions, some selections include Gallery4Culture, Seattle, WA; Charak Gallery at Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO; Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS; San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX; The Sarah M. Hurt Gallery at the Indianapolis Art Center, IN; Lone Star College Arts Gallery, Lone Star College-North Harris, Houston, TX; John C. Hutcheson Gallery, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN; Rockford Art Museum, IL; Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL; Art and Design Gallery at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; and de stijl Gallery, Austin, TX.

Rubin has given lectures, demonstrations, acted as a juror and panelist in varied communities across the country. She received a BFA in Ceramics and Art History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and an MFA in Ceramics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois Rubin currently lives in Austin, Texas where she is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics & Sculpture at St. Edward’s University.