08 Jun 2016
Liz West creates vivid environments that mix luminous color and radiant light. Working across a variety of mediums, West aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her works. She is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to color.Meet Liz West and have a look at her recent masterpiece in the former St John’s Church building:
01 Mar 2016
This article will be dedicated to the one and only, Alexey Steshak. This contemporary artist from Gorno-Altaisk (Russia) is a fresh artistic spirit in the art world, counting numerous artworks that cover an array of inspirational subjects and ideas. Throughout his carrier the artist has created some of the most impressive mosaic projects, depicting his striking esoteric style. Alexey combines three occupational spheres; he is an artist, decorator and interior designer. He has the ability and creativity to envision a potential project and accomplish it solo, solely by using his hands.
17 Feb 2016
Nermine El-Masry, a mosaicist making the world think differently not only about mosaic art, but also about life inside the womb. She was born in 1974 in Cairo, Egypt where she still lives and works. This mosaicist and assistant lecturer manifest the epitome of beauty in all its miscellaneous textures. She finds her insight in earthly wonders, female figures, and most recently internal organs. Illustrating with tiles dissimilar layers and patterns, depicting a secrecy of resources inside the womb. The artist attempts to bring together realistic forms and the abstract style in her compositions. Where the question remains: Are these mosaics a visual manifestation of living layers inside the womb?
14 Jan 2016
Her mosaics has shown a new freedom of expression.Most recently, she has been engaged in an ongoing series about insects. Her mosaics tackle specific studies of insects and how they interact with their environment and other species. Classifiable as both impulsive and seemingly trivial, insects have long been a desired subject for Oriental artists. But the question remains: Are Insects Conscious ?
06 Jan 2016
The mosaics in Julie Sperling’s “Fiddling while Rome burns” series each tackle a different trend or concept, from rising temperatures to changing precipitation trends to the difference between weather and climate. Her artistic statement has the flair to persuade literal as well as global warnings to the heaps, improving an individual’s sense of commitment in the communal sense. The artist has been recently engaged in an ongoing series about climate change, titled Fiddling While Rome Burns. Her mosaics tackle specific climate-correlated concepts, impact or solution. Her concepts usually embark upon scientific, literary and political matters. There’s a different apparition for each of her mosaic patterns.Hence, she conveys her ideas and messages using a huge variety of mediums, each one carefully selected to create unique and theoretical patterns. While she does her best in her personal life, at work she often feels like her hands are tied. Such is the reality of being a small gear in the greater engine of federal bureaucracy. As reported by Sperling, mosaic is a powerful medium to converse climate change, not only because of its germaneness, but also the manifested analogous between the art form and global climate change. Both require a lot of endurance through the gradual processes, but each one depends on the power of the cluster. Pieces of stones and glass come together to create images with an assemblage of pieces, accordingly our actions add up and make a difference in the fight against climate change.
21 Sep 2015
Patrick Joseph Ward is a mosaic artist from Co Down Ireland. He graduated from the University of Ulster Belfast with BA. Hons. Fine and Applied Art in 1999, specializing in sculpture. He has been participating in exhibitions, art projects and sculpture competitions since 1988. This imaginary artist is constantly seeking opportunities to grow his work experience. As a working artist, his path is not a clear cut. He has participated in the works of an art bronze casting foundry for two consecutive years in Dublin. Where he had a humble workshop on the outskirts of the city. He left Dublin in 2002 and moved to Finland for a one year residency program and have lived there up until now! The artist has been involved in many art projects, exhibitions and teaching program in Ireland and Finland. Ever since he started hand-cutting tiles, he embarked on a sensational odyssey in search of the “right” pieces that inherently hold the desirable qualities of color, shape, and texture. Interviewed by Chantal Menhem-2015