Antar took up abstract sculpting in 1974 while still a high school student. It was later, post-9/11, that she began to carve her realistic creations, including American icons and her shoe collection, which began with a commission from Skechers to create a boot sculpture. In past years, Antar has more than risen to the challenge of making sculptures in the form of blue jeans, jean jackets, cookies, ketchup and wine bottles, and her present project--a 6,000-pound bag of potato chips!
How does she achieve the realism in her work? "I replicate these items on a real life-scale, complete with meticulous detail," she says. "...by incorporating parts of the actual object, as well as custom-made stains, paints, plastics and gold leaf. It's more than art imitating life, it's art mirroring life."
In addition to being housed in private collections, Antar's art has been exhibited in various shows and galleries, including Sotheby's, NY; the National Art Club, NY; Nabisco Gallery, NJ; Fine Art Management Enterprises, Miami, FL; the City Museum of St. Louis, Mo., the Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, MA; the MGM Grand hotel, Las Vegas and others.
The artist, who is based out of her Brooklyn, New York studio, is in Santa Fe this week promoting her work, which is represented by Marji Gallery on Canyon Road. Marji Gallery specializes in American and international artists and features diverse mediums such as original paintings, contemporary photography, sculpture and conceptual art. This weekend, Antar will be appearing at the gallery to sign posters on Friday (8/6) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday (8/7) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
In the meantime, enjoy Antar expounding on her captivating work in a video interview HERE: