A New Adventure Begins!
Today I fly to Argentina & way down to Patagonia!!!
It's an amazing honor to have been invited to participate in the 1st International Mosaic Symposium in Patagonia. Of course, I accepted the challenge!
I'll be the lone American amongst 13 international artists from 11 countries, to convene in Trevelin, Patagonia, Argentina for the sole purpose of creating an original work of art. It's sure to be an intense period of creative exploration & camaraderie.
Once our works are completed, there will be an exhibition, and the artworks will become part of a permanent collection for the premier Contemporary Mosaic Art Museum in Latin America.
How cool is that?!?!?!!!!!
You can follow along via Instagram posts
@gilarayberg_mosaics & @simposiomosaicpatagonia2022
Back here on the ground....😀
I recently completed a long-term project, started just after the first Covid lockdown. It was time to finish it up once the pandemic was officially declared over 🙃. Previously referred to as the Endless Abstract in an earlier blog post..... Now titled ...
"No End In Sight"
49" x 48"
a few close ups
& last but not least.....
Currently at Artel Gallery in downtown Pensacola FL.
"Check Please" was selected for the Cinco Banderas Exhibit & received an Honorable Mention from the juror. The exhibit runs thru Nov 18.
Both pieces above are available for purchase & many more on my website.
Until next time....
Remain calm & creative!
Endless Abstract - Part I
What I'm working on now has become a meditative process. Moving intuitively from the center outwards, I set up one simple rule, to form a border, in grey scale, around each piece. Beyond that, I'm enjoying making choices piece by piece. With minimal cutting, the chunks remain, for the most part, in their organic form, juxtaposed with the very regular straight lines of the manufactured border tiles.
The idea for this piece came as a direct outgrowth of the series of small works I created just before starting this work. See - Etude series
The predominant material is home-made "rocks", which I created a couple years ago, with variously tinted mortars. Once they are fully cured, I cut them with a hammer & hardie into smaller workable pieces. For the most part I am using the riven edges, which exposes the color & provides textural interest.
Want to learn how to create your own mortar tesserae?
I suggest you check out Julie Sperling's online course.
A bit more explanation, show & tell, directly from my work table.
Apologies for the clunkiness of my video editing, as I attempt to climb that learning curve!
& a little peak at that transition beginning...
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Until next time..... ciao!