ROOTS

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Hannah Rindlaub, founder and creative director of Ondine, grew up running wild on a small island off the coast of Maine. With sap calloused hands and barnacle scarred knees, Rindlaub's love and understanding for the natural world began. She left Maine for Los Angeles to study studio art at Occidental College. There she was first exposed to the very idea of installation art. She was compelled by its fluidity; installation art didn’t exist on a rectangular canvas or on a pedestal, and wasn’t wed to specific medium but specific space. Installation breaks many rules but tends to favor the immersive patterns of nature. LA's flora was far from the concrete jungle she had anticipated and her art practice was always inspired by or made up of materials from her natural surroundings. After her degree, Rindlaub landed in the PNW. She reveres this landscape of blackberry brambles, moss clad forests and driftwood stacked coastline. After several years working as a gardener, Rindlaub sought to marry her botanical knowledge and wonder with her intrinsic need to create.