“Nuthatch”, 2019, 6″ x 6″, smalti, art glass, wood
“Birds, common in both cities and forests, are a constant in our complex environments; yet, they often go unnoticed. Their behavior and beauty are fascinating, each species having its own particular character. My mosaic celebrates the red-breasted nuthatch, an acrobatic bird that is able to climb down a tree trunk headfirst. Made with wood, smalti, and art glass, the work depicts the nuthatch performing his defying act and asks the viewer to consider his own possibilities.
I work in mosaics because with this medium, I am able to take an idea, or a feeling and manipulate it with my hands. I turn them over and over, searching for the connection between material and thought. The physicality of the entire process, from cutting materials to making them whole again, enables me to define my thoughts with light, texture, and color. It’s the challenging balance between technical and creative skills that drives me to create.”
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