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Mosaic Art: Towards a Philosophical Approach

Philosophy, and art vary primarily according to their subject-matter and also the resources by which they reveal, and express it. In a certain sense, art, like philosophy, reflects veracity in its relation to mankind, and illustrates nature, the spiritual world, and the affairs between individuals and their interaction with the world.

We live not in a primeval pure world, but in a world that is known and has been altered, a world where everything has been given a “human angle”, a world infused with our attitudes towards it, our needs, ideas, aims, ideals, joys and sufferings, a world that makes part of the vortex in our existence. However, if we were to remove the “human factor” from it, the consequences would possibly become inexpressible and tackled by a wasteland of grey infinity.

Classifiable as both mystifying and eloquent, mosaic art has long been a desired subject for philosophers and lecturers.

But the question remains:

What is Mosaic Art from a philosophical point of view? 

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Mosaic Courtesy Of Sonia King

The Mosaic Philosophy 

There has been much philosophical speculation on the relationship between art materials and art experience down through the centuries. Christopher Perricone pointed this out in his article ‘Does the Philosophy of Art Have a Mind/Body Problem?’ Most actual definitions simply explain that mosaic is an art form that expands using various kinds of materials, in various sizes, and applying them in some way to pencil in the various designs and patterns. In my opinion, a mosaic is a phenomenon of artistic sensation which arises out of what is experienced in the world today. In the modern mosaics of our age, the ‘manifestation of tiles becomes a veiled memo of oneness’ and not only revealing our dissimilarities but also revealing our willingness to engage in mutual adaption, where all creativity arises. Thus will result in a different container than in the past, one that, by its ability to adapt, becomes more connected to its original intent.

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Courtesy Of Jacqueline Iskander 

The way I approach my mosaic work reflects my basic life philosophy. My work, as well as work experience, is most harmonious to me when I achieve a sense of order and unity from the chaos of all the constructional elements, and when I am in accord with seemingly rigid and unyielding base materials. – Jacqueline Iskander, 2014

From Trash To Treasure 

Mosaic Art interacts with observation and ecology on numerous planes. There is simply the aspect of conserving limited resources and the aspect of building strong economy through saving more energy. 

Despite common beliefs, making the best out of waste has been a part of human life since the early ages. Creativity gave birth when the Nomadic tribes were settled. They stopped roaming from place to place, leaving their garbage behind, therefore they had to learn how to organize their trash.

When we hear the word “mosaic”, instantly our thoughts fly to the ancient traditional art form. Nevertheless, over the ages the mosaic has, furthermore, come to represent union, cycles, progress, revolution and harmony with small stones of different visions, to fit into the larger mosaic of our lives. And as the influential impressionist once stated “Great things are done by the series of small things brought together”.

Are you an artist who has a story to tell?

A philosophy?

A believe?

A critical approach?

A strong desire to be heard?

Point out your thoughts in the comment box below! 

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1 Comment

  1. Julian phillips
    May 19, 2016 at 8:53 am — Reply

    An artist is mearly a conduit , taking inspiration from the environment and expressing it through materials that are available or that are relevant to the expression . It is an infinite blend of real , surreal and individual interpretation . Julian Phillips

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