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.
Richard and I are honored to be participating artists in the fall outdoor sculpture exhibition on Saunders Farm in Garrison, NY. I'm currently, mosaicking a life-sized dairy cow. So excited. Will post WIP photos.
I drew this flower free form onto the bench. It looks like a mandala to me. So, I decided to create tension with the placement of the background glass. The background tesserae is frenetic and scattered, while the center flower is orderly and compact. This is analogous to what it's like to meditate; to sit; to rest. I also wanted to play with grout lines. This is my first time playing with this much grout spacing. I want to see what the visual effect will be. Taking risks is what it's all about for me!
I am happy to use some of the vintage stained glass that Richard and I salvaged from an elderly stain glass artist a few years ago. The lot is from the 60s & 70s. Some is hand poured. Beautiful colors.
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'.