Posted on October 30, 2017 by Stephanie
My art and expression through materials has always been very organic. My arts practice has specialised in creating mosiac art, its theories however dont necessarily lend to this spontaneous approach of making.
On the completion of Case Study 2017, a 9 month personal and artistic journey that explored my difficulties with language and my relationship with my dyslexia, I discovered that the intense theoretical processes connected with traditional mosaic art was not seemingly complimenting the natural functioning process of my brain type. An aspect of my art practice I had not thought about from a practical or cognitive perspective.
Case Study enabled me to create positive associations with my dyslexia through my art. This was realised by using a process of making where spontaneity and subconscious thought was being encouraged, not over planning as I had experienced with mosaic.
A couple of years ago I started to explore deconstructing the mosaic.
This was inspired by research into ancient Greek mosaic art where 'Music, Muse, Mosaic, Museum, all derive from the same Greek root word, μουσική for music, a divine order and mosaics are called l’arte musivum, the Art of the Muses'. This was a revelation to me, my artwork always contained a story and its research had numerous layers of meaning all essential to the art I wanted to make. Museums were always at the heart of my inspiration for form and investigation. Mosaic art had not allowed me to obviously explain these layers, due to the restaints of materials and technique. But now I felt connected, as a mosaic artist, to a collective of wealth within the 'divine order'.
Mosaic art forumla created opportunities for me to explore assemblage art with concepts of narrative, movement, object and space. So I began to release the tesserae from the confinements of the cement and the sub-strait. Allow the surfaces to exist in space. Follow a theory where the tesserae becomes an singular object within an assemblage and an object becomes a tesserae of mosaic theory.
Beginning to see this art form for its theories rather than its tightly formulated processes. I became liberated with the alteration of concept.
I continue to further deconstruct my understanding of mosaic art. Case Study has demonstrated this.
I still think like a mosaic artist and embrace its theories. But for me, the diminished presence of the complex structure of mosaic art has given my art more intrigue, diversity and presence. Opened the potential to story tell through the inclusion of research material object and artefact, exploring composition and form needed to inform the narrative.
Embracing a multidisciplinary art allows me to explore my making from a freer perspective. Where my thought process can be spontaneously mirrored in my art.
Materials are my language. A narrative has its layers. Andamento is the movement. Objects or tesserae form an equal role in forming the artwork, each with its purpose.
A singular tesserae is an object within a mosaic, a mosaic is a fragmented whole, an object is an element of a mosaic theory.
The main images in this blog and the above slideshow, contain images of my thought process and personal development within my latest work in 'Case Study' 2017. The first 3 above slideshows are works from previous projects and explorations since 2015.