Nature in Pieces is the first of its kind – a collaboration of 10 mosaic artists from South London, expressing their views of nature through the unique medium of mosaics. Concetta Perot, one of the artists, explains what mosaic means to her.
I first discovered mosaics 8 years ago and I quickly fell under its spell. Mosaic is an art form like no other and a visit to a mosaic exhibition will, I promise, leave you enthralled.
What captured me is the amazing way that a mosaic changes as you walk towards it and past it – the reflection of the materials catching the light and drawing you into its gaze and touch. Modern mosaics are made with a huge variety of materials (quite different to the standard idea of Roman mosaics made of stone) and these range from vibrant and iridised stained glass, to gold-veined vitreous tiles and and vibrant ceramic tiles, mirror, pebble, slate, stone, minerals and recycled objects (including halogen light bulbs in one of my pieces!).
Over the years, I have been to many mosaic exhibitions and have been astounded at how much variety and interpretation is possible from sticking tiles to wood! I also love the life lessons that can be drawn from mosaics, especially the fact that something ‘broken’ and usally discarded can be put together to be make an object of beauty.
My artwork can be seen at www.glitteringshards.com .
I and other participants at the Nature in Pieces exhibition, seen at www.southlondonmosaics.moonfruit.com are available for a wide range of commissions & community projects.
Nature in Pieces runs from 5 – 27th September at the Jeannie Avent Gallery, North Cross Road, East Dulwich.