I love the challenge of creating movement from what seems to be ridged materials, and delight in the push and pull my eyes experience interplaying with the colors, glistening, intended or unintended shapes in my mosaic work. Sometimes my pieces create a pleasing journey while other times leave my eyes with nowhere to rest.
My creative subjects embrace transformation and the graceful or chaotic dynamics of energetic forces. Working in themes and subject spontaneity offer me opportunities for development and the gratification of expressing fleeting outbursts of interests. The visceral quality of the rise and fall of the hammer over the hardy, in an the almost lyrical/rhythmic way, offers me an artistic sense of meditation in motion. As I select materials, placement, the flow of lines to express a feeling, I am led into a space of balanced analytical and unpredictable expression that seems to settle my spirit. When a piece is finished it stands alone – uniquely as a mosaic work of art.
Thematically, my body of works was focused on clouds; as they can be gentle, foreboding, diffused, appear solid, graceful, violent, and at times appear still, but are always in motion. As change will have it, I have just started a new body of works that will focus on masks depicting the African/American experience.
My “fleeting” interests, much to my surprise, also have a theme – Power. Creating those pieces I find myself “driven”, often focusing on the concepts of time, symbolism, rites of passage, or some sort of shamanic spirituality. I believe my mask series will embody all of these interests.
Mosaics as a Fine Art
Creative, contemporary mosaics with classical Italian and Roman andamento (flow of lines).
Lecturing/Teaching on methods, styles and history of mosaic art.
Biblical Museum, Dallas, TX
Hellenic Museum, Detroit, MI
Yellow Brick Road, Long Beach, CA
Kerrytown Concert House (solo exhibit), Ann Arbor, MI
Birmingham/Bloomfield Art Center – MI
Gallery for Contemporary Mosaic Art – Chicago, IL
Granville Performing Arts Center – TX
Copper Colored Mountain Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Evenstar Chalice, Ypsilanti, MI
Organizations and Affiliations
Society of American Mosaic Artists
Chicago School of Mosaics
Mosaic Artists of Michigan
Ann Arbor Public Arts Commission
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