Cutting Edge Mosaics: Kelley Knickerbocker, Carol Talkov & Meghan Walsh
These three mosaic artists are exploring and pushing the boundaries of contemporary mosaics. Their work is known throughout the country and beyond. Having their art together here at Andamento was a true gift and privilege.
“I expend a lot of energy trying to impose order on the chaos of my existence, with varying degrees of success. The process of making art is an extension of that effort. The longer I do it the more I see that this is how the universe teaches me to embrace the unruly, paradoxical, and awkward, and recognize their beauty and necessity.”
Kelley’s ruggedly dimensional mosaic artworks are a textural distillation of her fascination with contrast, material properties and the technical challenges of mosaic construction, and garnered her the 2015 Innovation in Contemporary Mosaic award from the American Society of Mosaic Artists. Her work is widely collected and regularly exhibited in the US and abroad.
“In creating my mosaics I try to achieve an emotional response from the viewer that appeals to all of the senses. The materials I choose become integrated with each other to form a narrative, using the tools of texture, color, line and composition to create tension or harmony. It is the unique quality of each piece that intrigues me but ultimately it is the relationship between those materials that propels me forward into the journey.”
Carol studied theatrical design, worked in NYC as a theatrical costume fabricator, then became a successful business owner and manufacturer. She enhanced her mosaic skills at prestigious schools and studios in Italy and now continues exploring and developing her unique mosaic design style.
My work draws upon themes of memory, place, time and the balance of death and rebirth. As technology, communications and transportation have minimized the impact of the separating oceans, lakes, mountains and deserts, these natural landscapes are no longer as barriers but primordial connectors, archives of wisdom. As our world climate changes, what is it asking of us? Does it know something that we have yet to discern?
Meghan is an artist and architect, speaker and instructor. Her work has been shown throughout the U.S. and beyond.
There isn't a time in my life when I did not think of myself as an artist. I fashioned my first mosaics when I was six years old by using broken bits of bottles, gathered from under a Tulip Poplar tree in Chinquapin Park. I took my treasures home and glued them to the cardboard sheets that came in the packages of my mother's nylon stockings.
As an adult I studied oil painting, charcoal and pastel with David Zuccarini of Ellicott City. In his studio, I was most inspired by the still life paintings, especially the florals, of the Dutch Masters.
Fifty years after I fashioned my first mosaics on cardboard stock, mermaids lured me back into working with glass! These sirens of the deep are watery, glittery, and shimmery, and they are the expression of glass art that most people associate with me today.
Rick is a mosaic instructor at the American Visionary Arts Museum, with works sold in various galleries and shops. Also showing were works by two of Rick’s former students, Nina Tou and Diane Elliott
My current work is a reflection of Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay area.
I link art and nature in a way that draws attention to, and generates a deeper appreciation for, the interdependent habitats and ecosystems supporting the diverse flora and fauna of the Chequamegon Bay area.
These dynamic, whimsical mixed-media mosaics incorporate an assortment of ceramic tile,stained glass, and found objects such as pottery and tile shards, buttons, bicycle chains,flatware, bullet shell casings, beads and vintage jewelry. They also include hand-made stamped tiles that convey information, quotes from literature, ideas and emotions about the particular animal or plant, such as scientific information, clutch size, nesting habits, diet, habitat and calls.
For more, go to www.HungryForTheSky.com
Patty Van Dolson
I like shiny. Bold colors and sparkle make me happy. Mosaic, with its complexity of multiple bits and pieces, its light-gathering myriad of facets and textures, and its ever-changing sparkle of iridescent colors and shine is emotionally up-lifting and spiritually recharging. . . but the clock is ticking...literally.
I have been fighting Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer(which means that it is incurable and terminal) since 2011. I have had more than 100 chemotherapy treatments, multiple surgeries and radiation.
Art is a form of communication between the artist and the viewer. As much as I do not want to be defined by my breast cancer, it is now intrinsically intertwined in my persona and affects every aspect of my life and art
Art is Man's attempt to portray and communicate the profundity of life experiences. Everything about it interests me, but particularly colors, composition, and light. The juxtaposition and balance of shadows and light, mass and sky, and Nature’s infinite play of textures, patterns, and shapes never ceases to appeal to my senses.
These mosaic panels reflect my life experiences and emotions using bits and pieces like those that have shaped and created the individual that is uniquely me.
For more, go to www.Shardsofreflection.com
Yulia was born in 1972 in Moscow, Russia. She lived in Russia, Uzbek Republic, Lithuania, New York City, Ann Arbor, MI, and is currently residing in the charming city of Baltimore. She is a second-generation mosaic artist and has been professionally involved in mosaic making since 2001. The mission of her Mosaic Sphere Studio is to build public awareness about mosaics, and to exhibit the superb qualities of mosaic techniques. Mosaics are made for commission, or they can be purchased as ready-made pieces. Pieces include architectural installations, back-splashes, wall pieces, public and community projects.
Yulia is a recipient of numerous awards for her mosaic and printmaking artwork, including “Best in Show” prize at Mosaic Arts International, 2011.
Yulia’s latest works represent her fascination with themes of nature, climate change, cosmos, and a connection of human beings to it. Her personal artwork uses layered glass mosaic technique, where tiles are glued on top of each other. This technique is about the infinite. Like in a brush-stroke painting, there is no end to a number of the brush-strokes that can be applied to the work surface.
Yulia’s works have been exhibited in the galleries nationwide.
To see more of her work: http://mosaicsphere.com
Bonnie Fitzgerald is the founder and owner of Maverick Mosaics. Since 2006 Maverick Mosaics has specialized in unique learning experiences and creating beautiful art. Bonnie has been the instructor of Contemporary Mosaics for the Smithsonian Institution’s Studio Arts Department in Washington, D.C. for the past 5 years. She also leads mosaic inspired tours for the Smithsonian’s Resident Associates program.
Much of Bonnie’s works are large-scale architectural installations. Mosaic Arts International Exhibition honored her in 2017 with a juror’s choice award for her site-specific work at the Palmer Park Community Center located in Lanham, MD.
Considered an “expert in the field’ Bonnie has authored two best selling books, both published by Trafalgar Square, London. Her first book has been translated into 5 languages.
In her most recent personal creations hand made materials are mixed with traditional mosaic material. Tinted mortar, ceramic elements, stone, smalti , shells, oddities of nature, all find their way into her work. Lots of hidden surprises are imbedded in the setting bed giving the viewer a new experience every time they visit the work. The clay studio was Bonnie's first love and that mud on her hands finds its way into her work to this day.
To learn more visit www.maverickmosaics.com
Bonnie Fitzgerald and Heavenly Waters