I am intrigued by our “throwaway society” in which the spirits of objects are lost, yet still intertwined with memories. Objects of desire, collectables from one’s lifetime create wonderful memorabilia. They are not appreciated as much as they used to be; a “we must have the latest” notion is thrown at us constantly through today’s technology. The essence of our ancestral history, hidden in these objects, slowly slips away through generations. I am also fascinated by my British heritage and culture, an amalgamation of many that intertwine, creating a richness that should be celebrated. We must preserve our cultural heritage and family history. Our past is as important as our future and often leads the way. My mosaic art is inspired by this sentiment.
I start with a frame, which could be a gilded gold Florentine frame from mid-18th Century. I collect a variety of antiques and other collectables that were once cherished. Some are very tactile, unusual or quirky. I may have a theme, but I concentrate on composition. Some items, like plates and cups, are purposely broken; others are incorporated as they are. When I break a plate or object d’art, I never know what will happen; the breakage dictates where it will be placed in the final composition.
My life is like a mosaic; little fragments of memories, traditions and family histories.
Yet despite all, my heart sings in a quiet whisper.
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