Barbara Hoffman from the New York Post wrote that Michel Angelo carved angles out of stone, Brooklyn’s Robin Antar is happy to chip away at a bag of potato chips – a 6000 pound marble bag of them. In the basement studio of her Brooklyn home, the 46 year old sculpts the old fashioned way, in marble and limestone. But rather than reach for angles, Antar strives for the everday; Milano cookies and m&m’s, No2 pencil and wine bottles.
One of her latest, a tube of Crest toothpaste carved out of marble. It is so lifelike it caused her CPA Husband, Sam to do a double-take.
“You could reach reach for the toothbrush”, he tell the post. ” It’s unbelievable”
The other day, the dinning room of their Midwood home was taken over entirely by m&m’s – about 200 of them, carved from stone, cast in resin and then painted (orange, red, green and blue) to resemble the real deal.
Her Artwork is so realistic, one of Sam’s cousins chipped a tooth on a mock Oreo, which was in the living room at the time. “I told him not to eat in there”, She wisecracks.
She started sculpting at 15-and once she made her first alabaster swan, she says, “I was hooked”
Ironically, it was around that time that she discovered she was blind in one eye – and had been since birth. So began years of what she calls “crazy sculptures and drawings, all representing unbalanced vision”
Then about 6 yrs ago, a friend asked her to sculpt a boot.
One of her 3 sons saw it and suggested she try a nike sneaker – and soon Antar was getting commissions from companies like Skechers and Diesel, for whom she carved jeans from limestone.
After 9/11 Antar says, her focus turned to “fun things” – like toothpaste and food. Really, really big food.
Her m&m’s for instance, are 3 and 6 inches across: the potato chip bag, still in progress, is 5 feet tall.
But sculpting can be dangerous work – not because of the drills she wields, but the calories.
“When I was sculpting the potato chip bag, I bought like maybe six bags of chips – crumpling them, opening them up, pouring them out to get the creases right”, she says, “I gained 6 pounds.”
These days she does commissions for corporations and individuals who want to enshrine, say a favorite pair of jeans.
As for her prices – her sculptures can fetch up to 25,000.00 and more.
to see more of her work visit www.rantar.com