Yulia Hanansen is a contemporary mosacaist that surpasses all expectations when it comes to the quality and innovation witnessed within her mosaic projects. The American artist has been trained from an early age into the classic European mosaic practice, specializing in the utilization of stained glass material in order to create her vibrant detailed wonders. Having an extensive educational background in art and design, the gifted mosaicaist has developed a unique approach to traditional mosaic manufacturing throughout her career, by introducing a practice called the “layered mosaic” technique. This technique gives a multi-dimensional impression, providing an exceptional sentiment of illusion.
“The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.” Abraham Lincoln
Many argue about what art is and how deeply embodied it is in our cultural and religious life. Although there is isn’t a established definition of what art is, in this article we will attempt to aid you in understanding what the essence of art is and thus how art has embodied itself in religious expressionism. Some outstanding religious mosaics of the ancient and modern world follow suit.
So what is Art?
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Isn’t the evolution of human artistic creativity highly dependent upon nature and its entailing features (flora & fauna)? Basically, how is it possible not to be awed by the beauty seen in the evolution and genetic exhibition of features witnessed by animals such as the peacock? Their luxurious feathers adorned with a multitude of colorful shades and patterns are utilized as a main method to attract their female counterparts.
Basic components of making art consist of color, various patterns and reproduction of visual appeal. Each geographical region, each civilization and hence its entailing culture has been inspired by different animal species to create various forms of art. The peacock is surely one of those special cases.
When considering the essence of a mosaic one directly yet subconsciously imagines an anthropogenic creation; a creation derived from a human being. What was the artist’s motive, subsequent ideas and conclusive meanings behind his or her portrayed expression? But what about when we are fortunate enough to find true masterpieces within nature, created by universal elements governed by the forces of physics and laws of chemistry?
A brief, yet breathtaking accumulation of Mother Nature’s artistic expression follows: