Well Asteria has finally been finished and christened. Asteria is the greek goddess of the falling stars, and as this piece was inspired by magically being whisked off into dreamscape, it seemed a very appropriate name. She now hangs majestically on the walls of Manyung Gallery in Mount Eliza.
The mosaic is made from all kinds of glass – tumbled, seed beads, other beads, millefiori, tiny tiles, stained glass, glitter glass, mirror, smalti and czech crystal as well as porcelain. The fringe was painstakingly threaded with hundreds of glass seed beads.
Enjoy a little bit of magic.
ASTERIA side view
H115cm x W41cm
48 x 16 inches
Some time ago I started fixating on a black, white and silver mosaic. I thought if i created one in this colour scheme I would naturally move back to bright colours. The weird thing is, after working on the Big Heads which were mainly black, white and mirror, I am now almost finished with my next sculpture, also in this colour scheme and now I am busy planning the next one, which will be white with some black and silver.
Funny how things become an obsession. I wander through my stock room which is filled to the brim with every colour of the rainbow and all I can think of is, I must order more black and white!
On my intensive Professional Development weekend, we spent a lot of time on personality types. Part of mine was ‘sees the world in black and white’ – I didn’t agree at the time, but am wondering now. LOL.
work in progress
Anyway, here is a sneak peek detail of my latest work. Am really loving the porcelain for the matteness it is lending to the piece and for its ability to push the glass forward.
For some time now I have been working on my retro tulip sculpture. I have had to do a bit here and a bit there in between studying and teaching. Finally they are almost done, am just waiting on the leaves which are stainless steel, I have them but they are not in the right position yet.
So here is a sneak preview. I just heard that they will exhibit at the Tessellaar Sculpture Exhibition which runs for about 6 weeks through September and October here in Melbourne. Great news as over 50,000 people pass through during those weeks.
The Big Heads
Glass, ceramic and mirror over hand formed sculpture
I am continuing to juggle a Professional Development intensive course for small Arts Businesses, where my head is spinning with marketing, finances etc, with my degree in Fine Art and Visual Culture, where I am spinning with so much work its unreal.
Along with coming to the end of an arts residency and trying to create a new work ready for the gallery, I am feeling swamped.
So not much time today but here is my latest assignment, all about foreshortening limbs, which basically means that certain angles make your limbs look shorter or smaller at given points. I also attempted to create movement in the stationary pose. Until next week….
Texta on paper
At the weekend I went over to St Georges Care Home and installed the four mosaic flowers that were created by the community during my Open Studios in April. As I have previously posted, this was all inspired by Millie, a resident in her late nineties who is still a keen gardener. I read a story about her in my local paper over a year ago and thought that the brick walls at the Home could use some brightening up.
As Millie was the catalyst for this to happen, staff at the Home suggested that Millie picked one of the flowers to be installed in the courtyard garden that she tends. Her favourite colour is purple, so it was an easy choice for her. She tells me that the shrubs beneath the mosaic will eventually be covered in bright purple flowers.
The other mosaics were installed in other gardens at the Home.
Yesterday I popped over there again where Millie and I had fun posing for the local paper on our photo shoot. Images to follow hopefully next week but meanwhile here is a pic that a member of staff took.
Millie and Me
Some time ago I created this sculpture as an experiment. Since then it has just been sitting in the studio taking up valuable space. For some reason the time wasn’t right to continue with it. Yesterday i glanced at it and suddenly got all inspired to begin. Have started looking at colours but at this stage I am feeling the love of black and white.
Meanwhile at the kinder, the kids continued to work on their rainbow serpent yesterday. It is a big project for the little ones though and it is getting harder to get them to willingly help out. I probably only need a couple more mornings there though so it is just as well.
On Sunday, I will be installing the flowers that the community did during my Open Studios in April. They will adorn the walls of the courtyard at St Georges Residential Care Home. Images to follow.
Rug Sculpture work in progress
So the school residency has slowed down a bit as the children are off for two weeks winter break. It has given me time to catch up on other artworks. I am doing a degree at the moment so assignments are piling up, but luckily this semester is all practical and no academic essays. Have been messing about with paint, charcoal, pastels, ink etc. Lots of fun.
Am also working on a new mosaic, but currently that is under wraps. Back to the school next week.
Black Still Life
Paint and charcoal
White Still Life charcoal, pastel, glass frit and paint A3 paper
I am using this week to get all the kids work cemented to board and grouted. Spending about two hours each morning achieving this and I have about had enough!! aaaagh…. my arms are aching and my wrists are sore. One more morning to go.
The children are on their two week winter break, when they return there will be two and a half 120cm long panels to go and the serpent will be finished.
My only solo piece on this mosaic is the serpent head which I did yesterday. What do you think prior to grouting, will be cementing it on to the board this morning, grouting tomorrow.
ceramic with an irridescent red glass tongue
Its been a mad few weeks. I go to the kinder for two mornings, each time taking in 3 drawings for the kids to start. In the afternoons, I finish the areas the kids were unable to, I tidy up edges and glue down tesserae that has fallen off. The next morning, I flip the mosaics, remove paper and plastic and let the thinset dry. Next I flip the piece back and cut the mesh closely to the edges with a stanley knife. Flipping again, I apply thinset to the back and place on the cement panel.
The following day I grout it in black and polish up. A few days later I seal the grout and polish up again. Three down, five to go. The kids are about to have a two week winter break, so I get chance to work on something else.
These are images of two of the finished panels, just need the background painting properly (in black) and holes drilling for installation.
Circle part of the design
striped part of the design
I am about to go to the kindergarten for the third morning. The children are really enjoying helping out on the mosaic and cutting the tiles into little blocks rather than random shapes was a good choice. They are loving the colours of the tiles and are making a beautiful job of creating unique colour schemes. I have 12 colours overall and take 8 in each time so there are endless possibilities of what to put with what. One little girl told me that I have been very good because I remembered to bring girl colours and boy colours. LOL.
When the pieces get home to the studio I have been finishing any areas that need it. The following day they have been cemented to cement sheet panels which I have painted with black waterproofing membrance, for added insurance, as the mural will be screwed to an outside brick wall. Then I have grouted with a black grout which bring the colours up beautifully.
Here is an example of the kids’ colour choices. What do you think? The empty circular shapes will be filled with whole clay tiles that they school will get families to write on before glazing.
Little hands, lots of gems and often too much thinset is a great way to spend a morning.