After a 1913
Alexi von Jawlensky (1864-1941)
In 2004, mosaic art
became an increasingly important aspect of my work.
I draw inspiration
from the great Fauve artists like Matisse, Derain,
and Jawlensky and enjoy the challenge of finding
mosaic equivalents in opaque stained glass to express
each painter's singular way with color and line.
Currently I'm moving
in a more abstract direction. My recent mosaics
use modulated color progressions and variations
in the shape and texture of the tesserae to create
visual metaphors for complex ideas.
The two-panel mosaic
composition shown below, November 3, 2004: Darkness
Descends, was begun the day after the recent
presidential election and reflects my vision of
a nation divided and headed in the wrong direction.
It is created entirely in handcut opaque glass.
The colors are deliberately muddy and toxic, though
modulated color progressions and subtle variations
in shape and texture create a surface that is dramatic
and darkly beautiful. Flashes of metallic and iridescent
glass invite viewers to look into the piece, see
themselves, and reflect. This mosaic was chosen
for the 2005 International Juried Exhibition of
the Society of American Mosaic Artists, held March
17-June 4 at the Ellipse Arts Center, Arlington,
After a 1906
Andre Derain (1880-1954)