This abstract mosaic panel is made of Venetian smalti on an MDF board. It was inspired by the lovely textures and vibrant colours of Italian smalti tesserae. When looked at from a short distance, the mosaic colours and contours seem to form the image of a tropical bird. The andamento follows a contemporary, irregular style and prioritises the uneven sizes and textures of each tessera. Therefore, the surface of this piece is purposefully textured and uneven.
This is an original piece completed in July, 2015. Its framed dimensions are approximately 25.5cm x 52.5cm x 4cm.
Caroline creates abstract mosaics because the process enables a sense of flow and enjoyment that is just as rewarding as the finished pieces. Abstract mosaics are like puzzles with no predetermined outcome. It is through reflection on the qualities of each tesserae, and how they will be combined, that the work comes together, piece by piece. Caroline also finds the contrasting colours and textures of materials aesthetically inspiring. Contrasting tesserae can produce unevenly flowing shapes and sizes, which, in the end, form a coherent whole.
Smalti glass tesserae, MDF board, cement-based adhesive.