Wasentha Young

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There is something deeply compelling about creating mosaic art; the visceral experience of cutting stone and glass, the creativity of expression, and “hearing” the andamento of lines and shapes. Maybe it is because it dates back to the use of pebbles and stones for roads; I have fond inspirations reaching from BC-AD as I read about unearthed Roman/African flooring in Tunisia; and having seen the Moorish tiling on walls in Granada, the Byzantine mosaics on church walls and ceilings, the ruins of Pompeii, and the contemporary mosaic works of masters of this art.

As a scholar I have read many books on mosaics to find that every indigenous culture, practically, spiritually, and artistically expressed in some style of mosaics. So, as I hammer, snip, score, cut and break my materials to embellish an object, dive into the abstract world of meaning, or create a true to life impression the dynamic colors of minerals, stones, glass, and even found objects seems based in my archival cellular memory and somehow organically enriches and expands into my present moments.

For me, the creative process of mosaics is one of the pathways to a state of being mindful. Mindful of composition, line movements, and the interaction and transformation of materials.  

It supports and nurtures my spirit. I am sure that many of you have been there and know that whether creating code for artificial intelligence, visual art, or writing, creativity resides in a realm without the constraints of time.  Whether a power object or working in two and three dimensions mosaics is the catalyst for my expression.