Art with Whimsy and Flair

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Collage Mosaic Exactly?

Taken literally, collage is the technique of grouping  together various objects or materials not normally associated with each other.  The word mosaic “officially” means a picture or decoration made of small, usually colored pieces of inlaid stone or glass or other tesserae.

You use the word “tesserae”.  What does that mean?

Although the words “tessera” (a single unit) and “tesserae” (more than one) are latin words literally meaning cube, the terms can be applied to any one of the small pieces used in mosaic art.  Thus, any fragment once part of something whole is a piece of tessera.  This includes tile, glass, wood, plastic, get the picture.

So what you mean is you take small pieces and group them together to form a picture of something?

No not exactly!  Traditionally, that is what mosaic artists do-if a picture of a dog is desired, for example, the fragments are assembled to result in a beagle image, for example.  How my work differs is that the collection of objects come together resulting in a central IDEA or THEME- not picture.

Your work isn’t flat?

No!  And that’s where the fun lies.  I am not limited to two dimensions, but rather, can include just about anything I want to result in the delightfully unexpected.  So that treasured harmonica from days of old, figurines, toys, found objects, and baubles of all kinds find their niche in my work.

How do you do that?

Each bit of tesserae is gently hand-cut using tile nippers.  Nothing is smashed or meets with a brutal end in my studio!  This way, no interesting design element is lost. In addition, I employ the use of a file, glass cutter, dremel tool, and my beloved wet saw to achieve my creations.  Of course, as I do tend to value my eyesight, I also wear safety glasses!

What sparked your interest in this particular medium?

I’ve always been something of a “treasure” hoarder-you know bits of this and that, pretty rocks, a lone earring once part of a matching pair, the first prized watch that quit working years ago.  Quite serendipitously, I happened upon the work of my mentor, Steve Terlizzese.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Where do you get the items?

The objects can be found anywhere!  I haunt flea markets, antique stores, and yard sales to find my treasures.  I have even been known to pick up the occasional “find” from the floor!  Then, of course, there are the items that get broken in my own family.  Like the Christmas angel figurine who got accidently beheaded one year (the guilty party shall remain nameless).  I think there is a message there somewhere, but that’s another story...

What about the sayings-where do they come from?

About 95% of these come directly from the horse’s mouth-me!  Some are whimsical, some are meant to be thought provoking, but all are meant to evoke some emotional reaction.  I’ve got a lot to say and this art is my platform, if you will.

Who does the work?

Me!  That’s it.  You can rest assured that each and every piece of artwork is an original made entirely by yours truly.  And yes, it is a time-consuming process, but as in life, I find that most things of any value are.  Quick is not what I am about.  In fact, once a piece is finished, it is rather bittersweet.  Sort of like finishing a book that was so captivating that you don’t want the story to end.

Where can I  find your work?

Currently, you can contact me directly. Use the Contact Me page of my website. You can also visit me at my upcoming art shows. They are listed on the Welcome page.

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