Daniel Barenboim once said that every great work of art has two faces, one towards its own time and one towards the future, towards eternity. By reading this whilst 2015 slowly fades away, I felt the need to take a last look at the artistic fusion that fell under the global mosaic art umbrella this year. The first apparent evidence of a mosaic, as result of the creative nature of man, can be traced back to prehistoric ages in the 3rd millennium BC in Mesopotamia. The art originally arose as a traditional and also practical decorative method and with the passage of time subsequently evolved into a detailed form of contemporary expression. The art of mosaics equally balances the historical nature of the practice and simultaneously incorporates a more futuristic character that has developed considerably throughout the past decade. This unique equilibrium of past and future exemplifies the sophistication of art as a medium of expression.

1) “Heart” by Eileen Gay

The ‘Heart’ mosaic/sculpture by Eileen Gay (Mountain Shadows Park, Colorado) is an inspiration that arose from the unfortunate Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado that burned a significant portion of national forest and residential areas, whilst injuring residents in the Colorado Springs area. The artist dedicated the particular piece as a memorial to the tragedy, with the ‘Heart’ representing hope and strength for a new beginning. The truly contemporary work has been nominated with the ‘BEST IN SHOW’ award at the Mosaic Art International competition in 2015.The artist’s vision was to illustrate the birth of new life through burnt wood – presenting it with the pillars rising from the ground as a reborn phoenix. An untold amount of passion and energy has gone into the creation of the memorial honouring the victims and survivors of the natural disaster.

Copyrighted Credits to Eileen Gay

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Mosaic Arts International 2015

2) “Storm” by Nermine Elmasry

The particular nonfigurative mosaic was created by the Egyptian artist Nermine Elmasry and participated in the 14th Annual Mosaic Arts International exhibition in 2015. The artist has chosen to comprise various materials (marble, glass, molted glass gems and artificial cubes) in order to create the desired chaotic, yet orderly outcome. The evenly distributed energy felt across the mosaic incorporates a traditional mosaic aesthetic while simultaneously conserving its abstract character; this was accomplished by contrasting colour depth in addition to layer emphasis. The inimitable mosaic design and the striking level of difficulty associated with the methods and materials incorporated, elevated the value of the artwork to being worthy of one of the most prestigious awards within the field of mosaic creation: the Technical Distinction Award 2015. The earthy composition and meticulous building process had attracted the attention of the jurors, who finally came to the consensus of nominating “The Storm” as the victor of this award.

Copyrighted Credits to Nermine Elmarsy

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3)  “Guardian” by Cherie Bosela

Undoubtedly nature has always been a diachronic source of inspiration in art expression. Cherie Bosela is a renowned mosaic artist – for her shapes and colours found in natural habitats appear appealing and on occasion this admiration gives room to vast creativity. The artist created a mosaic depicting a spider that she accidently discovered at her house , the creative demonstration of the spider mosaic was named “The Guardian”. This vibrant mosaic design has been selected to be included in the “All Mosaic Art” (2015) exhibition in Florida. The creative artists chose to synthesize stained glass, chez beads and glitter in order to accomplish a strong contrast of colours, almost creating a fluorescent effect throughout the mosaic.

Click here to watch the creation video of “The Guardian” mosaic.

Copyrighted Credits to Cherie Bosela

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The Guardian - Cherie Bosela

4) “Borocks” by Sandra Groeneveld

Sandra Groeneveld’s latest mosaic design “BOrocks” depicts the head of a horse in which an assortment of black, grey and white shades appear to dominate the artist’s palette. Although the artist follows the path of traditional mosaic techniques, in this instance she added a contemporary accent by using a more modern layering technique and a classical placement on the background to conceive a dynamic mosaic. The astonishing outcome of this piece has been accomplished using solely stones on a cement board.

Borocks is currently being displayed at the All Mosaic Art exhibition from December 17, 2015 – January 15, 2016.

Copyrighted Credits to Sandra Groeneveld

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Sandra Groeneveld, BOrocks!, 2012, Marble

5) “Breaking the hand that feeds us” by Julie Sperling

Artistic expression has the potential to induce cultural as well as social awareness to the masses and alter an individual’s sense of engagement in collective issues, such as climate change. Art has the charisma to address an issue not only on a cognitive level, but also on an emotional and aesthetic level. Julie Sperling is one of the many environmentally conscious artists who promote their values concerning sustainability and civic education via their work. The contemporary artist, inspired by the effect of global warming, has created a series of mosaic pieces that address oceanic acidification, which in turn, has created inhabitable and hostile conditions for all living organisms within the world’s oceans. In order to create the desired effect on the mosaic, with the hope that people become more proactive, empathetic and respectful – Sperling decided to incorporate materials such as marble, ceramic, mud, lime stone, chalk, flint and shells.

Copyrighted Credits to Julie Sperling

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That was the last glimpse of unique mosaics exhibited throughout the past year that every mosaic enthusiast should see!

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