Size: 6”x6” / 15.2x15.2 cm, framed
Tesserae: Scrap stained glass, wine bottle glass, broken glass bracelet.
"The concept of ‘one person’s trash is another person’s treasure’ is one I firmly believe in. My work often includes glass, or other enduring materials, that others would discard. When I’ve finished a mosaic, even the smallest cut-off ‘scrap’ glass is sorted into containers for possible future use. Our recycle bins reside near my workshop space and often glass is diverted from the bin to my worktable. Such interesting colors, curves, textures and shapes!
The initial inspiration for this piece came from a frame found at a local fundraising sale for a sick boy. It was likely a sample from a frame shop as, although it has the same texture throughout, it showcases two different color ways, light and shadow. The realization that my photo of an owl, which lives at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, has this same light/dark split confirmed this direction and decided my portrait subject. Continuing with the cast-off/recycled theme, I fitted the frame with a piece of scrap hardibacker concrete board and pulled out my containers of small scrap glass for his feathers. A broken glass bracelet, ground even thinner, worked perfectly for the outer ring of his eyes and a variety of green circles, nipped from wine bottles, added the feel of leaves to the background, but with contrasting shape and shine vs. the owl and frame. Grout colors (green, cream, wheat, grays…) were chosen and applied to enhance the background and his feather coloring and shading.
He is ready to live at your home with new hanging hardware (no, didn’t recycle here) and his backside is painted and signed."
Linda Pieroth Smith ~ Mosaic Smith
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