Recycled materials have a way of telling me what they what want to be in their next life; my job is easier when I listen.
Mosaic Work in Progress. I am in the midst of creating a recycled tile and mixed media mosaic. Working with recycled materials creates design challenges. The materials dictate how the artist will manifest a design vision. Working with recycled materials successfully, requires the ability to sacrifice all knowing. Recycling is the process of reclaiming that which has been thrown away. Still, the various materials challenge one's sense of letting go of the past, while embracing the unknowns of the future. Recycling is a regenerative process. Subsequently, the artwork takes on the values of rebirth, renewal and reinvention. I am thrilled by the challenge and honored by the opportunity to create a mosaic that will bring light, beauty and sustainability to the Stamford, CT community.
A birthday present for a wonderful mom. Her sons said, "Don't come home without the glass dinosaur." My Starosaurus will live out his days sunning by a pool.
"Starosaurus" WIP Glass mirror and stained glass mosaic WIP. Excited to be participating in the Stamford Downtown, Art in Public Spaces, "Dinosaurs Rule!" 2015. This show is sure to be a blast. There will be 40 fantastical dinosaurs on display in downtown Stamford. Stamford, CT is one city that truly supports the arts and artists. I'm Honored to be in the show. The exhibition opens June 10, 2015 thru September. The dinosaurs will be auctioned off for charity in October. My "Starosaurus" is sponsored by the Stamford Town Center. So excited. Now, back to work!
OUT OF BOUNDS: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION EXHIBITION
AT BLUE DOOR GALLERY
Siovhan and I met online through a mosaic Facebook group called "My Mosaic Friends." Until that point, I had never met a black mosaic artist. I remember how excited we were to find that we lived not far from each other. We were ecstatic to meet in person. Over the past several months, Siovhan and I have become fast friends. I appreciate Siovhan's technical approach to her materials, as well as her impeccable methods of cutting. We are so different in our philosophies regarding styles and techniques within mosaic crafting. Our differences have made our conversations about mosaic craft and design very dynamic. I am honored to have Siovhan's beautiful mosaic work in the Out of Bounds exhibition.
Click on Siovhan's name in the title of this post to visit tapestrymosaics.com.
Richard took photos of me working over the weekend. Crossed a major threshold. Finished the foreground. Now, onto the blue background. What a rush that was! Each recycling arrow took about 6.5 hours to complete. The arrow on the left, killed my back. I am so pleased with the juxtaposition of the greens. I nipped the tiles into 1/4 squares. So much work, but the contrast is visually significant.
Recycled Art Education
What a long weekend. Made great progress on the mosaic. The concept is really coming alive. I'm excited by this piece. A snow storm kept me from working on it today.
I've been commissioned to create a large scale mosaic for a recycling education center in Westchester, New York. Here's the work in progress. The conference table is 5' x 16'.