My artistic subjects revolve around the forces that propel me in life’s changes. There is something profound about the process of creating what I call a “power” mosaic. Maybe it is the abstract and mythological relationship that is pulled out of the depth of what is not seen. I turn to the “space” between or around the tesserae to vibrate and hold the shapes and give them meaning. The visceral quality of creating mosaic art excites my senses. The rise and fall of the hammer over the hardy, getting the intended and unintended shapes, lets me know that my creativity is actual, yet always a surprise.
I have taught at the Ann Arbor Art Center and Copper Colored Mountain Art Center, and have had solo exhibits of my work at the Kerrytown Concert House. My educational travels have taken me to Spain, Greece and from Pompeii (BC Roman mosaics) to Ravenna (home of Byzantine and contemporary mosaics), Italy.
During my travels to Italy I interview Paolo Racagni and Marco De Luca, and at the Chicago Mosaic School (CMS) took a workshop with Verdiano Marzi; three of the most renowned instructors who graduated from the Institute of Art in Ravenna, Italy. Both historically and in technical methods my mosaic art has developed a unique style of expression that embraces transformation, power, grace, and use of diverse materials.
Artistic Mosaic Services
Creative, contemporary mosaics with classical Italian and Roman andamento (flow of lines). Exhibits and internet sales.
Lecturing/Teaching on methods, styles and history of mosaic art.
Designs with you in mind.
Offering knowledge-based expertise in design, technique, and proper indoor/outdoor materials.
Whether you’d like a contemporary piece of mosaic art; an installation that will accent your mantle; a brilliant indoor/outdoor mosaic replication of a business logo; or would like advise on how to work with mosaics on your own—you will find me to be a creative and knowledgeable resource.
Let’s look at what it takes to create a piece of mosaic work:
Design, choosing the correct substrate and adhesives, preparing the surface and cutting pieces contribute to the value of the piece.
Depending on the intricacy of the design, placing an area of 2” x 4” with 1/4” squares—hand cut —can take up to 1.5 hours. Using pre-cut materials may take less time.
A range of materials such as marble, stone, glass, shell, porcelain, tiles, semi-precious stones, and even found objects can be incorporated.
Ordering materials and waiting for deliveries can add to the length of time it may take to complete a project.
The final piece will last a lifetime.
Wasentha Young – Mosaic Art Brochure